Police officer shoots protester in Hong Kong

Cheryl Sanders
November 11, 2019

The shooting on Monday comes as pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong blocked roads and scuffled with riot police officers across the city as part of what had been billed as a citywide general strike. A Hospital Authority spokesperson said the 21-year-old man was wounded by a live round of ammunition, and police said that the man was not facing mortal danger following surgery.

Riot police fired tear gas into a crowd that included protesters and office workers which then sent them running for cover into high-end shopping centers.

The inability to implement Article 23 - the section of Hong Kong's Basic Law requiring legislation prohibiting treason and subversion against the Chinese government - and its failure to set up units to follow through were the main reasons separatist movements are on the rise, Zhang said. He then grabbed a protester in white and shot another protester in black at close range. Police said that man is now in critical condition.

Rioters committed organized destructive acts, assaulted police officers and blocked traffic in various districts of Hong Kong, the statement said.

The protester was reportedly trying to block a road in Sai Wan Ho when he was shot with a live round.

Pro-democracy supporters have been quick to condemn Lam's presser, accusing her of continuing to heap blame on protesters while finding no fault in police and her own response to the demonstrations and the wishes of the people of Hong Kong.

Police cordon off the scene of the shooting.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in an evening news conference on Monday, condemned what she described as the violent attacks of "rioters", stressing that the government will not satisfy their "political demands".

Violence has escalated as tempers have flared on both sides as the Hong Kong protests enter their sixth month. "Police will continue to take resolute enforcement action so as to safeguard the city's public safety and bring all lawbreakers to justice".

Protesters built barricades under the hot autumn sun and set fires in the street.

Police say they are now investigating the video.

Violence flared at several university campuses as news of the latest shooting spread, with witnesses reporting tense standoffs between students, protesters and police.

As the livestream continued, the protester can be seen waking up and attempting to escape before being subdued again by police.

The shooting is likely to inflame anger further in this semi-autonomous Chinese territory, after a student who fell during an earlier protest succumbed to his injuries on Friday and police arrested six pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend.

Stand offs also sprung up at numerous universities across the city including Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "Our joint priority now as a city is to end the violence and to return Hong Kong to normal as soon as possible".

Hardcore activists now show up at protests wearing gas masks and body armour and hurl petrol bombs at police lines.

At the Tseung Kwan O vehicle park where Chow fell, riot police aimed rifles, which typically fire rubber bullets or bean bag rounds, at gathered protesters.

The panel saw "a shortfall" in the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Council, according to a statement posted on the Twitter account of panel member Clifford Stott, a dean for research at Keele University in England.

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