Hong Kong cop filmed fir­ing on pro­tes­tors

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

A HONG Kong po­lice of­fi­cer shot at masked pro­test­ers yes­ter­day morn­ing – hit­ting at least one in the torso – dur­ing clashes broad­cast live on Face­book as the city’s rush hour was in­ter­rupted by protests.

Footage showed a po­lice of­fi­cer drawing his sidearm in the dis­trict of Sai Wan Ho as he tried to de­tain a masked man at an in­ter­sec­tion blocked by pro­test­ers.

An­other masked man then ap­proached the of­fi­cer and was ap­par­ently shot in the chest, quickly fall­ing to the ground, clutch­ing his left side. His con­di­tion was not clear.

Se­conds later, two more live rounds were fired by the of­fi­cer dur­ing a scuf­fle and an­other masked man went to ground, al­though the footage was less clear as to whether he was struck.

Po­lice could later be seen de­tain­ing the two men on the ground. The first had a pool of blood next to him, his body limp, as of­fi­cers moved him around and ap­par­ently tried to tie his hands.

The sec­ond man was con­scious and talk­ing.

A po­lice source con­firmed that live rounds were fired at more than one pro­tester in Sai Wan Ho and that a state­ment would be is­sued.

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