- Hong Kong is on lockdown after clashes erupted in a dozen places as police urged public to stay at home
- The financial hub was rocked by blood and violence, marring China’s grand National Day celebrations
- Footage shows a police officer shooting a protester at close range while being hit by him with a baton
- The student is in critical condition after debris of the bullet was said to be lodged an inch from his heart
- A police spokesperson said the officer was forced to shoot the 18-year-old ‘assailant’ to save his own life
- Another cop was filmed yelling at random onlookers, threatening to throw petrol bombs at protesters
- Anti-riot squad fired another two live warning shots in Yau Ma Tei as they tried to disperse demonstrators
- Organisers said at least 100,000 people marched along a broad city thoroughfare in defiance of a ban
HONG KONG (AP) — In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester at close range in the chest Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground. Tens of thousands joined anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory even as Communist leaders in Beijing celebrated 70 years in power.
The single pistol shot fired by the officer as protesters swarmed toward him hit the 18-year-old on the left side of his chest, police spokeswoman Yolanda Yu said. She described the protesters as “rioters” and said the officer feared for his life. The wounded youth was taken to a hospital for treatment, she added, without giving details about his condition.
#Breaking: just in – Video of the moment when riot police in #HongKong, shot the protestor in the chest with a live ammunition round with a handgun pistol in the city. #China pic.twitter.com/k8vTKYlMGU
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) October 1, 2019