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Police say 77 people arrested in Hong Kong for anti-mask law violations

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Police say 77 people arrested in Hong Kong for anti-mask law violations
A couple of anti-government protesters hold hands during a demonstration in Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, China October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha   -   Copyright  ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA(Reuters)
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HONGKONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Tuesday 77 people had been arrested for violating an anti-mask law enacted at the weekend under sweeping emergency powers invoked by the city’s leader to try to quell often violent anti-government street protests.

Since Friday, more than 200 shops and public utilities have been damaged in the unrest and police have fired 367 tear gas rounds, a police spokesman told a news conference.

(Reporting by Noah Sin, Twinnie Siu and John Ruwitch; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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