石塚 良太郎
Jan 26 · Last update 22 days ago.

What do you think about Hong Kong's Anti-Mask law?

Hong Kong citizens are protesting for freedom and democracy. But the HK government would like to contain protests and control anti-government protesters. To protect their anonymity, anti-government protestors want to cover their own faces during protests. China's AI and face recognition technology are some of the world's most sophisticated and are widely used in mainland China. As a result, China's central government may attempt to seriously regulate against anti-HK government protestors in the future using facial recognition technology. If a face recognition system is used commonly in HK, protesters could be easily identified and it is likely that more and more people will be arrested.
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HK citizens want to avoid control of Chinese Communist Party.
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HK citizens want to avoid control of Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese Communist Party dictates mainland China. HK citizens feel they face a freedom crisis as Hong Kong is becoming increasingly closer to mainland China. Anonymity in a protest and wearing a mask as a measure against tear gas are reasonable desires for protesters. However, due to the fact that demonstration have escalated and become violent, it is inevitable that the Hong Kong police will suppress protests and maintain security.

Even from a global view, the Anti-Mask laws are enforced in many countries in the name of security. Historically, it has been unavoidable in times of mass protest for governments to enforce a law forbidding rioters to wear masks in demonstrations. For exsample, Anti-Mask Law in New York has been made since 1845.

References qz.com/1721901/hong-kong-anti-mask-law-a-history-of-mask-bans-around-the-world

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石塚 良太郎
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