İrem UZUN -TDO- A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester has been shot in the chest after a police officer opened fire during clashes on Tuesday, as China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the communist-led government in Beijing. The incident was the first time a protester has been shot, in an escalation of the months-long unrest that has rocked the city. The 18-year-old protester was in "critical condition" undergoing emergency surgery at hospital.
Video footage showed a police officer shooting the 18-year-old in the chest with a pistol at point blank range. During the day, protesters spray-painted slogans aimed at the government, such as "Topple the Commies" and "Communist China, go to hell", before street battles broke out in several neighborhoods across the city, including ones near the government office headquarters.
Police addressed the shooting and called on rioters to stop "illegal acts"."A large group of protesters were attacking police officers, despite warnings from the police," Yolanda Yu Hoi-Kwan, police senior superintendent, told a press conference. "The police officers’ lives were under serious threat; to save his own life and his colleagues' lives, he [police officer] fired a live shot ... and one 18-year-old man was shot [and] his left shoulder area was injured".