Government supporters took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong after a chaotic working week saw hardcore anti-Beijing activists cause widespread disruption in the city and stretch police resources.
Police have increased security around Hong Kong and its university campuses as they brace for more violence after sharp clashes overnight with anti-government protesters.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo paid visited a mosque that was struck with blue dye from a water cannon during the latest bout of violent anti-Beijing protests.
Carrie Lam said a ban on face masks would take effect on Saturday under the emergency laws that allow authorities to "make any regulations whatsoever" in whatever they deem to be in the public interest.
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