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Hong Kong leader bans protesters' masks

Hong Kong's leader has banned protesters from wearing masks to conceal their identities as the government hardens its stance against long-running pro-democracy demonstrations. Chief executive Carrie Lam has used sweeping security legislation which has not been invoked since Hong Kong riots in 1967, allowing her to bypass the city's legislature. Secretary for security John Lee Ka-Chiu said the mask ban will carry a jail sentence of up to one year or a fine. Protesters will also be prohibited from painting their faces to hide their identity.

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