AP Photos: Hong Kong bans protesters from wearing masks

A protester wears a mask and holds up his hand as he occupied a road in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters marched in

A protester wears a mask and holds up his hand as he occupied a road in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters marched in

A man and woman walks through smoke from a fire near a subway station entrance in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into H

A man and woman walks through smoke from a fire near a subway station entrance in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into H

Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked pr

Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked pr

A protester damages a glass window on the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong streets Friday after

A protester damages a glass window on the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong streets Friday after

Protesters walk past writing on a road that reads "Hong Kong Era Revolution," in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of defiant masked protester

Protesters walk past writing on a road that reads "Hong Kong Era Revolution," in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of defiant masked protester

Emergency responders and journalists run from tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kon

Emergency responders and journalists run from tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kon

Riot policemen march on a street in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of defiant masked protesters have streamed into Hong Kong streets after

Riot policemen march on a street in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of defiant masked protesters have streamed into Hong Kong streets after

Protesters hide behind umbrellas as they form a barricade to block a road in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of protesters in masks are s

Protesters hide behind umbrellas as they form a barricade to block a road in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of protesters in masks are s

A Chinese national flag burns on the road in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of protesters in masks are streaming into Hong Kong streets

A Chinese national flag burns on the road in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Thousands of protesters in masks are streaming into Hong Kong streets

Pro-democracy protesters march in the city center ahead of reported plans by the city's embattled leader to deploy emergency powers to ban people from

Pro-democracy protesters march in the city center ahead of reported plans by the city's embattled leader to deploy emergency powers to ban people from

A masked protester sets fire to a China 70th anniversary celebration banner in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam a

A masked protester sets fire to a China 70th anniversary celebration banner in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam a

Protesters wear masks and hold up their hands to represent their five demands in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters ma

Protesters wear masks and hold up their hands to represent their five demands in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters ma

HONG KONG (AP) — After months of pro-democracy protests that have often turned violent, Hong Kong's government announced it is invoking emergency powers to ban masks from street demonstrations.

Immediately defying the ban that took force Saturday, thousands of protesters crammed streets in the central business district on Friday evening shouting "Hong Kong, resist."

The ban applies to all public gatherings, both unauthorized and those approved by police. The ban makes the wearing of full or partial face coverings, including face paint, at public gatherings punishable by one year in jail.