Hong Kong protester shot: Video shows Hong Kong police officer shooting protester

Hong Kong protester shot: Video shows Hong Kong police officer shooting protester

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Tensions in Hong Kong continued to escalate Monday morning as at least one pro-democracy protester was shot by a police officer. Video of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook.

The video shows two masked protesters in the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood of Hong Kong confronting a police officer during an early morning protest designed to disrupt rush hour traffic. It’s unclear what exactly prompted the scuffle, but the officer quickly drew his gun and shoved it into the chest of one of the protesters while grabbing him with his free arm. The second protester approached the struggle and the cop appeared to shoot him somewhere in the torso.

The protester quickly fell to the ground. The officer fired two more shots and the other protester was also brought to the ground, but it is unclear if he was hit. Both protesters were then handcuffed and taken to the hospital. They were alive and conscious when they arrived, according to CNBC.

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A still image from a social media video shows a police officer aiming his gun at a protester in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, China, on Monday, November 11, 2019.

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Monday’s clash came on the heels of the death of a 22-year-old student, who had fallen from a parking garage during an earlier protest, on Friday and the arrest of several pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend. Hong Kong has seen a steady and increasingly violent stream of protests throughout the year.


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