A police officer shot a protester Monday morning on the torso as morning mob erupts the Hongkong rush hour commute. Anger sparked as a student recently died last week.
Police Shot A Protester
The shooting was broadcast on Facebook Live. Footage showed a police officer, drawing his gun as he tried to detain a masked person in the district of Sai Wan Ho.
Then another masked individual approached the officer and was shot in the chest area, and fell to the ground. He was the third person who was shot since the protests began. Moments later two more live rounds were fired, another masked protester fell to the ground during the scuffle. Police then detained the two people who are on the ground.
Police later said the man was trying to seize his weapon and did not intend to hurt him
Both protesters were handcuffed and taken to the hospital. They were alive and conscious when they arrived, according to CNBC.
It is believed that at least three people were hospitalized.
Hours later a man was who was a pro-Beijing supporter was drenched by a flammable liquid, and was set alight after having an argument with protesters, demanding greater democracy and police accountability in Hongkong.
The territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a news conference on Monday evening:
“If there’s still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong government will yield to pressure, to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: that will not happen,” she said.
Monday’s violence and a scuffle followed a weekend of vigils and protests after, a 22-year-old student protester died on Friday. Alex Chow fell from the ledge of a car park during a police operation a week ago and had been in the hospital since.
The protests started in June to allow extradition to mainland China.