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    A police officer holds a bottle of pepper spray against protesters at a demonstration at Taikoo station in Hong Kong, China, 3 October 2019.

    Hong Kong Police-Tracking App Removed From Chinese Apple Store

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    Since June, Hong Kong has been facing a wave of rallies against the now-withdrawn extradition bill — the protests have now evolved into violent anti-China and anti-police demonstrations.

    On Wednesday, after complaints from the Chinese government, Apple removed HKmap.live, an app that Hong Kong protesters had used to track police movements.

    The app's developers sent out a message they said was from Apple suggesting that HKmap.live was removed because it "has been used to target and ambush police" and "threaten public safety".

    A new wave of protests began in Hong Kong on Friday after Carrie Lam, the city's chief executive, announced a decision to ban the wearing of masks during protests and other public gatherings. Those who violate the ban may be sentenced to up to a year in prison or be fined 25,000 Hong Kong dollars ($3,200). The protests continued on Saturday.

    The mass protests started in the special administrative region in early June as a reaction to a highly unpopular bill that would have allowed people to be extradited to the mainland. The protests eventually escalated into violent confrontations between demonstrators and the police.

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