Last Updated on October 22, 2019
The pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters are continuing their newest method to avoid capture: a plethora of creative masks.
Lasers were also used to scramble the facial recognition software by some of the Hong Kong protesters.
Earlier this month, China banned the use of masks by protesters.
As a result, masks mocking the regime or personalities involving the protests on a global scale have been used.
Business Insider reported on twelve inventive masks/face coverings used by protesters to protect their identities:
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.
Pepe The Frog, declared a “hate symbol” by the ADL, was previously been adopted as a symbol of liberation by the protesters.
Amid the chaos, Pepe the Frog–deemed a ‘hate symbol’ by the ADL–has been adopted as the international symbol of liberation for the Hong Kong protesters.
Images contains placards of the cartoon frog missing an eye went viral on the internet after a female protesters lost an eye following clashes with the authorities.
Images containing the cartoon frog–created by Matt Furie–missing an eye went viral on social media to draw international attention to a girl who lost an eye during the protests.
The protests turned sour earlier this month after police shot a 14-year-old boy.
Protesters also wore masks of Winnie The Pooh, after the lovable children’s cartoon bear was banned after a viral picture of Pooh bear was compared to China’s leader, Xi Jinping.
Lebron James masks have also appeared, referring to the NBA’s controversial decision to side with the Chinese Communist Party’s government over the pro-freedom Hong Kong protesters.
Xi Jinping reportedly said “anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,” following a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
China has received significant negative press in Western Countries after several accusations of totalitarian practices.
Silicon Valley has also become embroiled in scandals surrounding China’s controversial social credit system.
In 2018, Facebook admitted selling data to four major Chinese companies, in agreements dating back as far as 2010.