Hong Kong demonstrators went into the streets Friday in masks of President Xi Jinping, LeBron James, and various cartoon characters to protest against government ban on facial gowns.
The demonstrations advance to a mass rally planned for Sunday, where opposition leaders are expected to push their demands. The police have refused to approve this march, citing risks to public safety and order, but the demonstrators have previously ignored such denials.
Many demonstrators who disguised themselves as Winnie the Pooh or Guy Fawkes on Friday held up their phones. Lights and slogans call for a "revolution of our time."
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Chinese netizens have long joked that Chinese President Xi Jinping resembles the talking bear, causing the country's censors to Online referrals to scrub character. Fawkes masks represent protests against the government around the world.
Some demonstrators accepted the identity of the Beijing-backed leader in Hong Kong on Friday, while at least one protester parodied NBA basketball star LeBron James, Associated Press reported. 19659003] SOUTH PARK RIPS LEBRON JAMES FOR HIS OBSERVATIONS IN CHINA
James was criticized for giving in to Chinese Communist leaders after pointing out that freedom of speech could have consequences after the now-deleted tweet from Daryl Morey, general manager of Houston Rockets, angered Beijing in support of the protests ,
] Hong Kong's leader said the ban on masks, which has become a trademark of protests, aims to stop radical behavior. Offenders can be punished with up to one year in prison.
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However, the demonstrators claim they are wearing them for fear of retaliation and concern that their identity will be shared with China's massive state security apparatus.
The protesters' target was to form human chains spanning more than 40 kilometers across Hong Kong. The city's subway system is mimicking a similar event in August. It is unclear whether they did it because there were gaps in a downtown location.
Fox News & # 39; Thairy Lantigua and the Associated Press have contributed to this report.