A protester in Hong Kong was shot in the chest by police, becoming the first person injured by live rounds in four months of protests.
The unidentified 18-year-old man was hit near his left shoulder. He was sent to the hospital and underwent surgery. His status in the hospital is still unknown, but police, who claim he assaulted the officer who shot him, say he is officially under arrest.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on October 1, defying a ban on protests. The ban had been put in place in order to focus on celebrations of the 70th anniversary of communism in China. But instead of watching the scheduled military parades, many protesters ended up in violent clashes with local police.
At least 51 people were injured and two were taken to the hospital in “critical condition,” and two more in serious condition. At least 96 people were arrested. Approximately 6,000 officers were sent to monitor protests. Hong Kong’s police commissioner has called the protesters “rioters” who cause “criminal damages, arsons,” and “woundings.”
Many protesters have been injured in the prior four months of protests. Police have previously used items like rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protests.
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