The policeman is seen drawing his service revolver whereas attempting to disperse protesters at an intersection at Sai Wan Ho in the north-east of Hong Kong Island at 7.15 a.m. native time. He grabs maintain of 1 the masked protesters, and when a second masked protester approaches, the officer fires the gun at the man’s torso.
The 21-year-old protester has undergone surgical procedure however stays a vital situation.
Authorities confirmed the officer fired twice extra however no different accidents had been reported. The authorities was additionally compelled to disclaim rumors spreading on-line that that they had ordered frontline officers to fireside “recklessly” on protesters.
The protesters grew to become the third person to be shot by the police since protests started 5 months in the past. An 18-year-old activist was shot in the chest on Oct. 1 throughout China’s 70th-anniversary celebrations and days later, one other teenage protester was shot in the leg.
Elsewhere in the metropolis, a pro-Beijing supporter was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fireplace after arguing with protesters in Ma On Shan, about 12 miles north of the enterprise district.
Video of the incident shared on-line reveals the man telling the protesters “none of you are Chinese.” The protesters reply by telling him to “go back to the Greater Bay Area”, which is a a part of the Chinese mainland throughout the border from Hong Kong.
The violent incidents on Monday infected an already tense ambiance in the metropolis, as demonstrators referred to as for a basic strike in response to the loss of life Friday of 22-year-old protester Alex Chow, who fell from a one-storey car parking zone throughout a police operation final week.
Across the metropolis, protesters reacted angrily to the capturing at Sai Wan Ho, disrupting commuters and forcing police to deploy tear fuel, even in the central enterprise district, one thing that very not often occurs there throughout working hours.
Police additionally deployed water cannons and fired rubber bullets into crowds of protesters. At the campus of the Chinese University, a video reveals a policeman driving a bike by means of a group of demonstrating college students in a bid to disperse them.
“Police officers like the one seen shooting an apparently unarmed protester at point-blank range must be suspended immediately,” Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, instructed VICE News in an emailed assertion.
“Likewise, the police officer on a motorbike was clearly behaving in a reckless, arbitrary way. These behaviors call their training in question and the commands they have been given — officers should be deployed to de-escalate difficult crowd control situations, not make them worse.”
The metropolis has seen more and more violent protests since June. What started as a protest in opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition regulation has morphed into wider pro-democracy protests, and activists are demanding an impartial inquiry into what they see as heavy-handed police motion.
But, regardless of the widespread disruption, Hong Kong’s chief, Carrie Lam, was in no temper to provide in to protesters’ calls for:
“If there is still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence the Hong Kong government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I make it clear now that that is not going to happen,” Lam instructed reporters Monday. “Violence shouldn’t be a answer.”
Cover: A man takes a photograph of blood stains at the scene of a police capturing in Hong Kong on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. A protester was shot by police Monday in a dramatic scene caught on video as demonstrators blocked prepare strains and roads throughout the morning commute. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)