Hong Kong protests over mask ban turn violent, teenage boy shot by police | ABC News

Hong Kong police have shot and wounded a teenage boy, as violent protests erupted across the Chinese-ruled city hours after its embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers last used more than 50 years ago.

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Ms Lam used the city's Emergency Regulations Ordinances — a sweeping provision that grants her the ability to bypass the legislature and make any law during a time of emergency or public danger — to ban protesters from wearing masks.

The mask ban, invoked at midnight, drew an unsuccessful court challenge to have it delayed and generated demonstrations in almost every district throughout Hong Kong.

The scale of unrest was so large, the city's entire rail transport system was shut-down to contain it.

Greg Jennett monitored the protests in the countdown to midnight.
Image: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

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