A still image from a social media video shows a police officer aiming his gun at a protester in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, China November 11, 2019. CUPID PRODUCER via REUTERS

Hong Kong police shoot protester in city’s latest violence

A protester was shot and wounded in Hong Kong on Monday as the police opened fire, witness and media said, after another weekend of sometime violent unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.

Police fired live rounds at protesters on the eastern side of Hong Kong island, Cable TV and other Hong Kong media reported. Cable TV said one protester was wounded when police opened fire.

Video footage showed a protester lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open. Police also pepper-sprayed and subdued a woman nearby as plastic crates were thrown at officers, the video shared on social media showed.

The Hospital Authority told Reuters that a 21-year-old man suspected to have been wounded during the incident in Sai Wan Ho was admitted to hospital on Monday and is undergoing an operation.

Cable TV reported the unidentified protester is in a critical condition. Police remained silent on the shooting when asked.

In a statement released by police, radical protesters had laid barricades at multiple locations across the city and warned to “stop their illegal acts immediately.”

According to a 36-year-old witness, Anson Yip, protesters were throwing rubbish to block the road when police, possible from the traffic departments, ran to the scene and opened fire.

There were three sounds, “Pam, Pam, Pam”, he said. It has been learnt that police later fired tear gases at the scene where the man was shot.

Police first began using live rounds as warning shots in August and have shot an 18-year-old protester as well as a 14-year-old, both of whom survived.

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