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Explainer: Beijing hints at looming pressure on Hong Kong courts

By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong lawyers and scholars keen to safeguard the territory s vaunted legal independence were alarmed on Tuesday by a statement from a Chinese parliamentary body questioning a Hong Kong court s decision to overturn a ban on face masks imposed to quell months of violent protests. WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT? Amid intensifying street violence in recent weeks, the strength and importance of Hong Kong s rule-of-law traditions have been cited by both anti-government protesters and the city s rulers as vital to its future freedoms and stability. WHAT DID THE STATEMENT SAY? A statement...


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