For the first time, Hong Kong cop shoots pro­tester with a live bul­let

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The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - THE TIMES OF IN­DIA, NEW DELHI | WED­NES­DAY, OC­TO­BER 2, 2019

AHong Kong po­lice of­fi­cer on Tues­day shot a teenage demon­stra­tor, the first time in months of protests that a live round was fired at a pro­tester. The shoot­ing capped an evening of vi­o­lent protests, es­ca­lat­ing the ter­ri­tory’s po­lit­i­cal cri­sis on the same day the cen­tral gov­ern­ment staged a huge mil­i­tary pa­rade in Bei­jing to cel­e­brate 70 years of Com­mu­nist con­trol.

The pro­test­ers in Hong Kong hoped to up­stage Bei­jing’s cel­e­bra­tions by hold­ing their own unau­tho­rised marches. Vi­o­lence quickly broke out, as demon­stra­tors in dis­tricts across the city en­gaged in some of the blood­i­est and most sus­tained clashes since pro­test­ers be­gan tak­ing to the streets in early June.

The pro­tester was shot in a work­ing-class area in a district near Hong Kong’s bor­der with the Chi­nese main­land, miles from the city’s fi­nan­cial district. Yolanda Yu, a spokes­woman for the Hong Kong Po­lice Force, said in a video posted on the force’s Face­book page that An am­a­teur video of vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in Hong Kong on Tues­day cap­tured the mo­ment when a po­lice­man pointed a pis­tol at a black-clad pro­tester and fired a round, af­ter which the young man fell to the floor

the pro­tester was an 18-yearold who had been shot in the left shoul­der. She said the pro­tester was con­scious as he was taken to the hos­pi­tal. Hong Kong’s hos­pi­tal author­ity said the teen was one of two peo­ple in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, with a to­tal of 51 peo­ple in­jured as fierce clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice wracked the city. Me­dia said the young man was a high school stu­dent. Yu said

the of­fi­cer who shot the pro­tester had been un­der at­tack by a vi­o­lent “ri­ot­ers” who were threat­en­ing of­fi­cers’ lives. “In or­der to save him­self and his col­leagues, he fired one shot at the at­tacker,” she said. Po­lice com­mis­sioner Stephen Lo de­fended the ac­tion as “rea­son­able and law­ful”.

In the video, the pro­tester who was shot is first seen join­ing a mob of peo­ple who chase a riot of­fi­cer and tackle him to the ground. They kick him and beat him with what ap­pear to be metal pipes. At one point, the pro­tester ap­proaches a se­cond po­lice of­fi­cer who is stand­ing nearby with a hand­gun drawn. Just af­ter the pro­tester hits the of­fi­cer with the pipe, the of­fi­cer fires at the man at point-blank range.

Hong Kong was trans­formed into a tear gas-en­gulfed bat­tle­field on Tues­day as pro­test­ers clashed with po­lice in nine dis­tricts across the city, build­ing bonfires and bar­ri­cades and hurl­ing fire­bombs and other ob­jects in a direct chal­lenge to Bei­jing’s rule. The sirens of am­bu­lances and fire trucks rang out as the po­lice chased af­ter pro­test­ers. Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Tues­day that no force can ever stop China from march­ing for­ward. He was pre­sid­ing over the coun­try’s largest pa­rade, flaunt­ing its mil­i­tary might and unity among top lead­ers, to cel­e­brate the Com­mu­nist Party’s hold on power for 70 years.

HKPUSU PRESS COM­MIT­TEE via Reuters

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