12 photos that show how Hong Kong protesters are wearing Winnie the Pooh, Guy Fawkes, and LeBron James masks to defy authority

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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are wearing face masks as they demonstrate on city streets. The semi-autonomous region's chief executive banned face masks in early October.

The protests began mostly peaceful, but have since become violent after police said they began using live bullets for self-defense.

Here are 12 photos that show how protesters are using masks of cartoon characters and celebrities to spread their message.

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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are donning masks of celebrities and cartoon characters like LeBron James and Winnie the Pooh as a way to spread their message. Hong Kong protesters began demonstrating to criticize a proposed law that would have tried Hong Kong citizens on mainland China, but has since grown into a general pro-democracy movement. The protests have also become increasingly violent. After Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam banned face masks for inciting violence, protesters took to the streets. Police said a 14-year-old had been shot during a demonstration in early October. In the US, many citizens have also demonstrated in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters. Pro-Hong Kong protesters filled an NBA stadium in Brooklyn, New York Friday night. Here are 12 photos that show how Hong Kong protesters are using masks to defy authority:
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