AP Photos | Hong Kongers use masquerade as new protest tactic

AP Photos: Hong Kongers use masquerade as new protest tactic
This combination photo shows masked protesters during protests in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Hong Kong protesters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh, Guy Fawkes and other characters in defiance of a government ban on face coverings at public gatherings. (AP Photo)

HONG KONG (AP) — Winnie the Pooh, Guy Fawkes, Pepe the Frog — these are the new faces of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement.

Demonstrators masqueraded Friday night as their favorite characters in defiance of the government’s ban this month on face coverings at public gatherings.

Protesters wear masks of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are donning cartoon/superheroes masks as they formed a human chain across the semiautonomous Chinese city, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese city took a humorous approach to draw attention to their cause as they try to keep up the pressure on the government five months since the movement erupted.

Many assumed the identity of Winnie the Pooh, because Chinese internet users joke that the talking bear resembles President Xi Jinping.

Protesters wear masks in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are donning cartoon/superheroes masks as they formed a human chain across the semiautonomous Chinese city, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Others wore Guy Fawkes masks, a global symbol of antigovernment protests. Some became Pepe the Frog, a character adopted by Hong Kong protesters unaware of its association with U.S. far-right extremists.

A protester wears a mask during a protest in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Hong Kong protesters masqueraded as various characters in defiance of a government ban on face coverings at public gatherings. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)