Hang Seng Rallies As Traders Hope 'Mask Ban' Will End Hong Kong Protests | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hang Seng Rallies As Traders Hope 'Mask Ban' Will End Hong Kong Protests

In a move that investors hope will calm the incessant protests that have brought Hong Kong's economy to a standstill over the past four months, Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her top advisors are holding an emergency meeting to impose a ban on wearing masks in public.

Lam will hold a meeting of the executive council, her de facto cabinet, to impose the ban as soon as Friday, SCMP reports.

The ban will function under a tough colonial-era emergency law. The hope is that it will end the demonstrations, which have devolved into skirmishes between protesters and Hong Kong police. As demonstrators disrupted China's 'National Day' on Tuesday, HK police were forced to fire six live rounds, one of which struck a teenage protester who was later arrested. Police arrested nearly 270 protesters that day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this is the proverbial "last button on Joab's coat" the Chinese government believes it has with which to deal with the protestors, I have to wonder if even this can be effective in stopping these demonstrations.

And right now, I would not bet against the possibility (can we say, probability?!?) that some of the US "alphabet soup" agencies have, perhaps, "had a hand" in creating as much ruckus and upset as is humanly possible.

But I would most strongly caution the Trump Administration, that if they think, for a millisecond, that this is going to move China's attention away from the trade war with the US, that they are very terribly mistaken.

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