China says Hong Kong courts don’t have any energy to rule on face masks ban

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FILE PHOTO: Protesters put on fuel masks throughout clashes with police outdoors Hong Kong Polytechnic College (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China November 17, 2019. Information/Thomas Peter/File Photograph

SHANGHAI (Information) – China’s prime legislature mentioned Hong Kong courts don’t have any energy to rule on the constitutionality of laws beneath town’s Fundamental Legislation, which features a proposed ban on face masks, state information company Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

The assertion got here a day after Hong Kong’s Excessive Courtroom dominated ban on sporting face masks throughout public demonstrations which have rocked the monetary hub for greater than 5 months was unconstitutional.

“Whether or not the legal guidelines of the Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area adjust to the Fundamental Legislation of Hong Kong can solely be judged and determined by the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Folks’s Congress,” Yan Tanwei, a spokesman for the Legislative Affairs Fee of the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Folks’s Congress, mentioned in an announcement.

“No different authority has the fitting to make judgments and choices,” the assertion mentioned.

Embattled Hong Kong Chief Government Carrie Lam proposed enacting a ban on sporting face masks because the pro-democracy demonstrations escalated.

Protesters had been utilizing masks to cover their identities in public. The proposal was extensively criticized by supporters of the anti-government motion, who noticed it as posing a threat to demonstrators.

Hong Kong’s Excessive Courtroom dominated on Monday that colonial-era emergency legal guidelines, which had been revived to justify the masks ban, had been “incompatible with the Fundamental legislation”, the mini-constitution beneath which Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Modifying by Chris Reese and Paul Tait