Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong crisis escalates as protester shot by police

Hong Kong crisis escalates as protester shot by police

Anger over the police force and its tactics has been soaring since the death Friday of Alex Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old student who died of injuries sustained from falling from the third floor of a parking garage.

One video circulated by protesters on messaging channels showed a police officer trying repeatedly to drive his motorbike into protesters who had gathered on a road. As the two struggle, the officer points his gun at a second protester who walks toward him and shoots him at close range in the stomach area.

The police issued a statement to emphasize that individual officers are responsible for their actions and the police department didn't order frontline officers to randomly fire shots at protesters.

The protester in white manages to flee, bounding up a nearby stairway, and the officer and a colleague pin the two in black to the ground.

Tension in Hong Kong has intensified once again following the death of a college student last Friday and police reportedly firing live rounds at protesters on Monday. A Hospital Authority spokesman couldn't immediately confirm the condition of the injured person when reached by Bloomberg News.

More than 60 people were wounded on Monday, Lam said in her address.

Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighborhood. Video posted online also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.

Light rail services are also affected. Large parts of the downtown business district were closed to traffic as protesters surrounded by onlookers engaged in a standoff with police.

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Hong Kong, an autonomous region under China since 1998, is witnessing protests since early June, against the Lam administration's move to legalize extradition to mainland China. Hong Kong has endured 24 straight weeks of increasingly violent rallies aimed at securing greater democratic freedoms from China, which has ruled the city under a "one country, two systems" framework since its handover from the British in 1997.

The video was posted on Facebook by Cupid Producer, an outlet that started past year and appears to post mostly live videos related to local news.

The footage was broadcast live on Facebook from the Sai Wan Ho neighbourhood by Cupid Producer, which describes itself as a production house based in Hong Kong.

In a press conference on Monday afternoon a Hong Kong police spokesman said the officer who shot the man had feared protesters would snatch his pistol. The government condemned the attack on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 against Ho, a hate figure for protesters, and said police arrested the assailant.

The clashes came a day after police made dozens of surprise arrests Sunday at shopping malls using undercover personnel.

However, the other protester appeared to be unresponsive. It is obvious that people can easily block streets or metro stations, and while they might start demonstrations peacefully, things can easily escalate into violent clashes with the police. They targeted businesses whose owners are seen as pro-Beijing and also damaged the Sha Tin train station.

The 21-year-old is in intensive care in a critical condition after surgery on his kidney and liver. All were freed on bail.

Online messages circulated calling for people to gather at shopping malls around the city to mourn the death of Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old student, who fell from a vehicle park floor in unexplained circumstances on November 4.

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