Hong Kong protester shot by police during Facebook live stream as demonstrators block major roads

A Hong Kong protester has been shot by a police live round, with the incident streamed live on Facebook, as demonstrators disrupted the Monday morning commute.

Video of the incident showed a police officer grappling with a protester dressed in white at a zebra crossing. As other protesters approach, the officer pulls out his service-issue revolver and fires at the abdomen of a man dressed in black.

The police officer appears to fire more rounds in the video before he and a colleague pin down two protesters, including the one who was wounded.

Police said only one protesters was hit, and that he was undergoing surgery. Hospital officials said he was in critical condition.

It is the third time a protester has been shot by the police since the demonstrations began in June with anger at an unpopular extradition bill and the perceived encroachment of Hong Kong’s freedoms by Beijing.

Each incident has sparked outrage and allegations of excessive use of force, first on 1 October when an 18-year-old student was shot in the chest in an incident that was also caught on video, and then when a teenage boy was shot in the leg on 4 October.

Tensions are already inflamed after a weekend in which six pro-democracy politicians were arrested on charges of obstructing the local assembly, relating to a raucous 11 May meeting over the extradition bill.

All were freed on bail, but the decision to arrest them now was seen as a sign of patience wearing thin among chief executive Carrie Lam and her Beijing-backed devolved administration.

On Friday, the city saw its first confirmed death directly related to the at-times violent street demonstrations, as a protester who fell during clashes with police last Monday finally succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The morning protests this Monday saw thousands of protesters attempt to block major roads and MTR metro routes, at times throwing heavy objects onto the streets below.

The rail operator was forced to suspend several lines, and public broadcaster RTHK reported that a fire had been started inside a train at Kwai Fong station.

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Riot police stand guard during a protest against police brutality in Hong Kong on 27 October

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A protester throws a bottle of water as he is shrouded in tear gas during a demonstration in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on 27 October

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Journalists take pictures of police officers as they move to disperse protesters in Hong Kong on 27 October

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An man lies injured after being attacked by protesters who suspected him of being an undercover police officer on 27 October

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A man runs among tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong on 27 October

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Protesters gather on a field in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on 27 October

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Pro-democracy protesters turn away from a fire lit outside the Causeway Bay Mass Rapid Transit (MTR) station in Hong Kong on October 4

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People rest near rows of riot police officers during a protest in Mong Kok, Hong Kong on 27 October

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Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas as police fire tear gas at them ouside Tai Koo MTR station in Hong Kong on October 3

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Hong Kong police fire a water cannon from the central government office at protesters during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters burn a Chinese national flag during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters remove signs celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China during a mass rally in Hong Kong on October 1

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Cardboard boxes set alight by protesters burn in the streets of Hong Kong during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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An anti-China banner has been placed in a barricade during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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A pro-democracy protester runs away after police fire a tear gas canister in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district on October 4

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Protesters run after police fire tear gas during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Pro-democracy protester take cover after police fire a tear gas canister in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district on October 4

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The rally comes after months of protests on the streets of Hong Kong which began in oppposition to a proposed extradition bill

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The extradition bill would have allowed the government to extradite people to China if they were facing certain criminal charges

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Opposition to the bill stems from the fear that the Chinese government would abuse this power for political or commercial reasons

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Protesters soon came to demand greater freedom and universal suffrage under the One Country, Two Systems principle

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Protesters are wearing black to symbolise opposition to China as they take to the streets in a “day of grief” while the Chinese state celebrates the 70th anniversary of its communist founding

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A protester charges forward holding umbrellas as a mass rally breaks out in violence in Hong Kong on October 1

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A protester pours water on a tear gas canister fired by police during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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A protester carries a vandalised Chinese flag through Hong Kong during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters carry a banner that denounces the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Riot police stand guard during a protest against police brutality in Hong Kong on 27 October

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A protester throws a bottle of water as he is shrouded in tear gas during a demonstration in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on 27 October

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Journalists take pictures of police officers as they move to disperse protesters in Hong Kong on 27 October

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An man lies injured after being attacked by protesters who suspected him of being an undercover police officer on 27 October

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A man runs among tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong on 27 October

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Protesters gather on a field in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on 27 October

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Pro-democracy protesters turn away from a fire lit outside the Causeway Bay Mass Rapid Transit (MTR) station in Hong Kong on October 4

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People rest near rows of riot police officers during a protest in Mong Kok, Hong Kong on 27 October

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Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas as police fire tear gas at them ouside Tai Koo MTR station in Hong Kong on October 3

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Hong Kong police fire a water cannon from the central government office at protesters during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters burn a Chinese national flag during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters remove signs celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China during a mass rally in Hong Kong on October 1

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Cardboard boxes set alight by protesters burn in the streets of Hong Kong during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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An anti-China banner has been placed in a barricade during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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A pro-democracy protester runs away after police fire a tear gas canister in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district on October 4

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Protesters run after police fire tear gas during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Pro-democracy protester take cover after police fire a tear gas canister in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district on October 4

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The rally comes after months of protests on the streets of Hong Kong which began in oppposition to a proposed extradition bill

EPA

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The extradition bill would have allowed the government to extradite people to China if they were facing certain criminal charges

AFP/Getty

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Opposition to the bill stems from the fear that the Chinese government would abuse this power for political or commercial reasons

EPA

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Protesters soon came to demand greater freedom and universal suffrage under the One Country, Two Systems principle

AFP/Getty

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Protesters are wearing black to symbolise opposition to China as they take to the streets in a “day of grief” while the Chinese state celebrates the 70th anniversary of its communist founding

AFP/Getty

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A protester charges forward holding umbrellas as a mass rally breaks out in violence in Hong Kong on October 1

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A protester pours water on a tear gas canister fired by police during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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A protester carries a vandalised Chinese flag through Hong Kong during a mass rally on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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Protesters carry a banner that denounces the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1

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The number of high-profile violent incidents has increased as Hong Kong prepares to conduct district elections on 24 November, with pro-Beijing parties expected to take a hit at the ballot box.

Opposition MPs have accused the government of deliberately trying to provoke violence in order to justify cancelling or postponing the elections.

In a news release regarding the shooting incident, the Hong Kong government said police had been responding to vandalism and disruptions to traffic.

“During police operations, one police officer has discharged his service revolver, one male was shot,” the release said, adding that officers also drew their guns in the Shatin and Tung Chung neighbourhoods.

The release denied what it called online rumours saying police had been ordered to “recklessly use their firearms”, calling the allegation “totally false and malicious”. “All police officers are required to justify their enforcement actions,” the statement said.

Source : The Independent

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