Hong Kong policeman shoots protester in rush hour

Livestreamed incident shows masked man being shot at close range in violence at roadblock
Hong Kong policeman shoots protester in rush hour

Police officers collect evidence at the site where a pro-democracy protester was shot by a policeman in Hong Kong on Nov. 11 during rush-hour clashes broadcast live on Facebook. (Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP)

A protester was shot by a policeman in violence that broke out during Monday morning rush hour in Hong Kong.

The incident, streamed live on Facebook, showed the officer drawing his gun before wrestling with a man at a roadblock. Another man wearing a face mask then approaches and the officer shoots him, hitting him in the stomach.

Seconds later, two more live rounds were fired by the policeman during a scuffle and another masked man fell to the ground, although the footage was less clear as to whether he was struck.

The person who was shot is undergoing surgery and is in a critical condition, the BBC reported.

The shooting risks escalating protests that began in June over a controversial extradition bill. The bill was withdrawn in September but demonstrations continued and now call for full democracy and an inquiry into police behavior.

It was the third time that police have shot someone with live rounds following other shootings on Oct. 1 and Oct. 4.

The Monday morning shootings came as protesters tried to block a junction at Sai Wan Ho in the northeast of the Chinese territory.

Other barricades across Hong Kong led to long traffic jams, while some railway lines were disrupted. Several universities have cancelled their classes for the day due to the transport problems.

In one video circulating online, a police motorcycle seems to ram into protesters.

The latest violence comes after a student died on Friday after falling from a car park while reportedly trying to flee from tear gas fired by police.

A decision last month to block Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from standing in a district council election was described as political censorship by a Catholic justice group.

The campaigner and secretary-general of the Demosisto party is the only one out of 1,100 candidates to be disqualified from the Nov. 24 poll because of his political stance. Returning officer Laura Liang Aron ruled he had not changed his former position on independence for the Chinese-ruled territory.

The decision not only sets a bad example of political censorship but also worsens the already shrinking freedom of speech in Hong Kong, Jackie Hung, project officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Diocese, told ucanews on Oct. 30.

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