Hong Kong Spirals into Daylight Violence

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A middle-aged man was critically injured after being burned by rioters, while police opened fire on protestors with live ammunition and tear gas canisters, leaving one demonstrator critically injured.

Police received a report at 12.53 pm local time that a man was assaulted and set on fire on a footbridge in the Ma On Shan area in the New Territories.

Online footage showed the man in green T-shirt was beaten to bleed by some masked protesters on the footbridge for expressing political stance different from the attackers.

When he was reasoning with the protesters, a black-clad and masked rioter poured flammable liquid over his head and set him on fire.

The Hong Kong Hospital Authority said that the man was sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital and was in critical condition.

Earlier, police opened fire on protestors with live ammunition and tear gas canisters, leaving one demonstrator critically injured.

The injured protestor was shot in abdomen in the Sai Wan Ho area of the once vibrant business city. He is reportedly in critical condition.

Reuters

The violence usually begins after dusk falls.

Video footage showed a man lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open. Police also threw a woman to the debris-littered street and pepper-sprayed her in the face as plastic crates were thrown at officers.

Protesters built barricades under the hot autumn sun and set fires in the street.

AP

Yesterday’s incident follows a student’s death last Friday after he fell in a car park near a police dispersal operation in the Tseung Kwan O area, where security forces had fired tear gas.

Police first began using live rounds as warning shots in August and have shot an 18-year-old protester and a 14-year-old, both of whom survived.