Hong Kong police began firing on protesters Monday morning, shooting a 21-year-old as a result of increased levels of violence in pro-democracy street demonstrations, The Guardian reports.
Hong Kong protester shot by law enforcement
Police forces responsible for securing the order in the six-month Hong Kong protests shot at least one protester, firing a bullet into his chest. According to witnesses, gun shots were also fired after the young man was shot, with no other victims being recorded.
Monday 8am Hong Kong time, a protest is shot with live ammunition. Also time for other counties to say something * now *. This is Tiananmen in slow motion.#StandWithHongKong
– Amanda Tattersall (@AmandaTatts) November 11, 2019
According to local sources, law enforcement, in collision with another protester, fired three firearms at the other protesters to counter the protest movement, one of them injuring the unarmed 21-year-old.
In the communiqué issued by the local police, they did not provide incident information, but pointed to the effects that "radical protesters" determine, "causing severe traffic obstructions", after they installed numerous barricades in the city.
The first live shot at a 16-year-old high school student in Hong Kong, which was not at all a death threat for the policeman.
The protester is currently hospitalized and in critical condition, according to the first information, the left lung would be perforated. pic.twitter.com/BGUFa9vQYp
– Larissa Christians (@ Larissa34115349) November 11, 2019
According to local news sources, the 21-year-old underwent surgery following the shooting, and his condition is stable. According to other local sources, it is still in critical condition.
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