Video shows Hong Kong police shoot protesters at point-blank range during early morning rush hour clashes

Business Insider | 11/11/2019 | Rosie Perper
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Police in Hong Kong fired several shots during protests on Monday morning local time, injuring at least one protester.

Video of the incident, which was livestreamed on Facebook, shows officers shooting at two protesters at point-blank range.

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According to Associated Press, police said only one protester was hit and is undergoing surgery.

This is the third time police have fired live rounds at crowds since protests began in June.

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Police in Hong Kong fired several shots during protests on Monday morning, and at least one protester was shot during the clashes at point-blank range.

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Video posted to Facebook on Monday morning by Hong Kong-based media company Cupid Producer shows police clashing with protesters on a busy street in Sai Wan Ho, located on the northeastern shore of Hong Kong Island. According to Cupid Producer, the footage was livestreamed to Facebook by a Japanese TV reporter.

The video shows an officer, wearing a yellow high visibility vest, wrestling with a protester in the middle of the main road. Another protester, dressed in all black, approaches the officer, who points a gun at the protester before firing a shot. The protester then tries to swipe the gun away from the officer, who fires again, this time appearing to hit the protester in the stomach.

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The protester dressed in black collapses to the ground, while the same officer shoots at another protester who approached as the incident was occurring. It was unclear from the footage whether the second protester was hit by the ammunition fired.

Officers then tackle both the protester dressed in all black, as well as the second protester who approached the scene.

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The officer who fired his weapon was still pointing his gun as both protesters were apprehended on the ground.

According to South China Morning...
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