Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters with Halloween masks

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong

His government has also struggled with how to quell protests in Hong Kong that began over controversial legislation allowing extraditions to the mainland.

There has been talk that some crew members were angry after the park's managers were suspected of tweaking the script of the show by taking out what they deem politically sensitive terms like "Hong Kong people, add oil", a popular chant of anti-government protesters.

Hong Kong has been upended by almost five months of huge, often violent, pro-democracy protests in which participants routinely wear masks to hide their identities and protect themselves from teargas and pepper spray.

In the past, bars and restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong usually saw enticing decorations several weeks before Halloween, but that's not the case this year.

Clashes between protesters hurling bricks and petrol bombs at police wielding tear gas and rubber bullets have become a weekly occurrence, hammering the city's once-solid reputation for stability and safety.

It is the first time protesters have targeted the party district in five months of increasingly violent, anti-government unrest. One was dressed up as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in a dog collar and on a leash.

But now, such hopes have been dashed, he said, while citing worries that enhanced police patrols in Lan Kwai Fong may only make clashes more certain.

Despite the troubled Hong Kong economy, the city's financial markets are largely holding up.

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But Halloween masks are not covered under the ban, which will make it hard for police to tell the difference between a protester and an ordinary reveler.

Police have banned the march and said they would close roads including the sloping Lan Kwai Fong strip itself, from early afternoon until Friday morning to "facilitate the public celebrating".

Hong Kong's High Court granted a temporary order banning anyone from spreading online messages inciting or encouraging violence, according to local broadcaster RTHK.

Tear gas was sacked in multiple locations Thursday evening, including near a popular nightclub district where thousands of protesters had gatecrashed Halloween celebrations.

Activists were marking two months since police were filmed beating protesters in Prince Edward subway station, one of multiple incidents this summer that have fanned hostility towards the force. Once that is achieved, the HKSAR government will work with relevant organizations to carry out promotional work and other measures to rebuild global confidence in Hong Kong, she said.

In Thursday's statement, the Hong Kong government pinned the contraction on weak demand - both inside and outside the city.

The document gave no further details and it wasn't clear whether that indicated an intention to pass new laws in mainland China or in Hong Kong, which has a separate legal system under its own constitution.

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