Posted on Nov 11, 2019
The former British colony of Hong Kong, handed over peacefully to China in 1997, has erupted in violence with police firing live rounds at protestors on the northeastern side of Hong Kong island, Cable TV and other Hong Kong media have reported. Cable TV said at least one protester was wounded after police opened fire, and reported that the unidentified man was in a critical condition.
Video footage shared on social media showed a protester lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open.
A 21-year-old man, believed to be the same individual, suspected to have been wounded during an incident in Sai Wan Ho, underwent surgery this morning (Nov. 11th) at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in the Chan Wai district, the hospital told NBC News.
Hong Kong police confirmed that "one male was shot" when an officer fired his service weapon during one of several demonstrations across the island "due to the rioters' extensive illegal acts."
At least three gunshots were heard in Sai Wan Ho on northeastern Hong Kong Island at about 7:30 a.m. local time.
Other officers chased them off with batons while the motorbike sped dangerously towards the demonstrators, appearing to be totally out of control.
A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to AFP that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho and that a statement would be issued.
Police also appeared to attempt to run-down protestors with at least one motor-cycle, and also pepper-sprayed and subdued a woman nearby as plastic crates were thrown at officers, videos shared on social media showed.
Police said in a statement that protesters had set up barricades at multiple locations across the city and warned the demonstrators to “stop their illegal acts immediately”.
They did not comment immediately on the shooting, which comes a week after a student died in the hospital following a fall as protesters were being dispersed by police firing tear gas into the crowds.
Police first began using live rounds as warning shots in August and have shot an 18-year-old protester and a 14-year-old, both of whom survived.
The unrest began six months ago as disquiet speed over a new extradition law, now repealed, but has continued as citizens become increasingly fearful of China's suppression of the freedoms the populace enjoyed under British rule.
Images: taken from social media
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