Hong Kong Police Shoot Protesters at Close Range


Protesters, answering an online call, attempted to disrupt the Monday morning commute all across the city with what they dubbed as "Operation Dawn".

Hong Kong police officials immediately pronounced the shooting justified because the officer was acting in self-defense and blamed the protesters for creating chaotic and violent conditions on the street. He's now in intensive care.

Lam, the embattled Hong Kong leader, was assured of Beijing's full trust and backing when summoned to meet Xi last Monday in Shanghai.

Videos circulating online depict a man pouring petrol on another before setting him on fire. Pistols were also drawn by police in Shatin and Tung Chung, police said.

Hong Kong on Monday experienced rare working-hours violence amidst its 24th straight week of pro-democracy protests. The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University said they were canceling classes today.

The incident is likely to increase calls for an independent commission of inquiry into police treatment of protesters - which received an unexpected boost from Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's global panel of policing experts at the weekend.

In a statement, the Hong Kong government said police had been responding to vandalism and disruptions of traffic, including protesters throwing heavy objects onto roads from above.

"If anything happened bad, I think that would be a very bad thing for the negotiation", said Trump.

Violence spread across Hong Kong on Monday, as scenes resembling urban warfare gripped the city at the start of its 23rd week of political unrest. "Our priority now as a city is to end the violence and to return Hong Kong to normal as soon as possible". The officer then fired two more shots.

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"The live rounds fired by police are clear evidence of reckless use of force", Amnesty International Hong Kong said in a statement.

The reinvigorated violence followed a weekend of demonstrations that resulted in nearly 90 arrests.

"Police reiterate that no violent behavior will be tolerated", the police said in a statement. "Police will take enforcement action".

The student who died Friday suffered a brain injury after falling from a parking garage near a demonstration where police used tear gas to disperse a crowd.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority denied rumors that it would place a cap on daily cash withdrawals from banks, calling it "totally fake and unfounded". A memorial drew tens of thousands of people.

The historic unrest, which has dragged on for five months, began after the government proposed now-withdrawn legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

"You can imagine that if you work constant overtime, you need to be cautious communicating with your friends, you can imagine the huge pressure", said Dr Lawrence Ka-ki Ho, an assistant professor at the Education University of Hong Kong who studies policing and public order management.

Police had arrested 266 people, aged from 11 years to 74 years, in the past week for protest activities. Hong Kong's police watchdog has neither the authority nor the resources to effectively investigate the ongoing protests in the city, according to the Independent Expert Panel brought in to advise it.

Police confirmed on Friday that a complaint of rape had been received.