Hong Kong police opened fire and hit at least one protester on Monday, media reported, as chaos erupted across the city a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are now entering their sixth month.
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 after police opened fire.
Video footage showed a protester lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open.
#HongKong: harrowing footage shows the moment a police officer shoots a protester in Sai Wan Ho this Monday morning.
The boy just drops to the ground like that… pic.twitter.com/jYWq0YW8xf
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) November 11, 2019
Police declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
Services on some train and subway lines were disrupted early on Monday, with riot police deployed near stations and shopping malls. Protesters used barricades to block roads across the Chinese-ruled financial hub, with long traffic jams in some areas.
Activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across Hong Kong’s New Territories and Kowloon peninsula on Sunday during a 24th straight weekend of anti-government unrest.
The latest violence comes after a student died in hospital last week following a high fall as protesters were being dispersed by police.
Protesters are angry about what they see as police brutality and meddling by Beijing in the former British colony’s freedoms, guaranteed by the “one country, two systems” formula put in place when the territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
On Nov. 10, protests broke out in several districts, including Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, and Causeway Bay, in and around shopping malls, after an online call to action to “go shopping.”
At around 3:30 p.m. local time, police fired tear gas at an overhead bridge in Tsuen Wan, injuring a female journalist working for local media Now TV.
An hour later, at the shopping center Citywalk, also in Tsuen Wan, police fired pepper spray at protesters in response to umbrellas and bottles hurled their way.
Plainclothes police also made several arrests inside the Festival Walk shopping center located in Kowloon Tong, according to Hong Kong media, where protesters had gathered to chant slogans. Demonstrators began brawling with the plainclothes officers, with at least one officer sustaining injuries.
Eventually, riot police arrived and fired pepper spray to disperse protesters.
At least five arrests were also made at the Jat Min Chuen public housing estate, located in Sha Tin, as police looked for protesters who had earlier gathered at a nearby park.
As the night unfolded, police began to confront protesters gathering in the streets of Tsuen Wan by firing multiple rounds of tear gas, according to RTHK.
At around 8:45 p.m. local time, police deployed a water-cannon vehicle to disperse protesters who took up the streets of Mong Kok.
Reuters and Epoch Times reporter Frank Fang contributed to this report.