Smaller protests in Hong Kong a sign that mask ban works?

Above: A store in New Town Plaza, in Sha Tin district, which has been damaged by protesters. Demonstrators also turned up in eight other districts. Left: Police officers moving back protesters and clearing obstacles along Nathan Road in Mong Kok, whe
A store in New Town Plaza, in Sha Tin district, which has been damaged by protesters. Demonstrators also turned up in eight other districts.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Above: A store in New Town Plaza, in Sha Tin district, which has been damaged by protesters. Demonstrators also turned up in eight other districts. Left: Police officers moving back protesters and clearing obstacles along Nathan Road in Mong Kok, whe
Police officers moving back protesters and clearing obstacles along Nathan Road in Mong Kok, where traffic was paralysed.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Ban may have split protesters but drop in numbers could be temporary, say analysts

Smaller groups turned up yesterday to rampage across northern Hong Kong, in a sign that the new face mask ban may have divided the peaceful protesters amid ramped-up police action, although some analysts say the shrinking number may be temporary.

Hundreds of demonstrators, many in face masks, turned up in at least nine districts, mainly in Kowloon and New Territories, including Tai Po, Sha Tin, Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan, as well as Hong Kong Island's Tai Koo. Several arrests were made.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Smaller protests in HK a sign that mask ban works?'. Print Edition | Subscribe