Hong Kong protests: Two ‘critical’ after day of chaos.

Two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong. Who are demanding greater democracy and police accountability. There were a number of other flash points during the day with police firing rubber bullets and tear gas in others parts of Hong Kong. Hong Kong protests Two ‘critical’ after day of chaos.

Monday’s violence followed a weekend of vigils and protests after a 22-year-old student protester died on Friday. Alex Chow had been in hospital since he fell from the ledge of a car park during a police operation a week ago. The protests started in June against a now withdrawn plan to allow extradition to mainland China, but have since morphed into wider pro-democracy demonstrations.

What happened to the injured protester?

The shooting occurred as protesters tried to block a junction at Sai Wan Ho on the north-east of Hong Kong Island. Footage posted on Facebook showed the officer drawing his gun before grappling with a man at a roadblock. When another man approached wearing a face mask. And the officer fired at him, hitting him in the torso. The officer fired twice more, but there were no injuries. After the shooting footage showed the 21-year old protester lying with his eyes wide open and with blood around him. He has undergone surgery and remains in a critical condition a Hospital Authority spokesman told us.


Hong Kong protests: Two ‘critical’ after day of chaos.

The police said officers also drew firearms from their holsters in two other places.
But they denied what they called totally false and malicious reports that officers were ordered to “recklessly use their firearms” in Monday’s operations. It was the third time a police officer had shot someone with live rounds. The first incident was during protests on 1 October when China was celebrating 70 years of communist rule.


Hong Kong protests: Two ‘critical’ after day of chaos.

The pedestrian crossing where the young protester was shot has become a site of considerable tension activists have built barricades across the junction. And when riot police come they face a torrent of abuse from bystanders of all ages. Blood can still be seen on the street and next to it graffiti reading we shall never surrender. Each time the riot police leave demonstrators return to erect their barricades again. Hong Kong’s political crisis now in its fifth month continues to become more violent.


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