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Hong Kong Police Shoot Protester Amid Clashes, Video Shows

The New York Times logoThe New York Times 11/11/2019 3:00:00 Elaine Yu, Mike Ives and Edward Wong
a group of people standing in front of a building: Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets on Nov. 5  wearing now-banned face masks. © Lam Yik Fei for The New York TimesProtesters in Hong Kong took to the streets on Nov. 5  wearing now-banned face masks.

A Hong Kong police officer shot an antigovernment demonstrator on Monday, an escalation likely to inflame tensions in a financial hub that was already jittery over the recent death of a student following a clash with the police.

The officer fired three shots on Monday morning toward two black-clad protesters in a neighborhood where traffic had been snarled by roadblocks, video footage from the scene shows. One of the protesters crumpled to the ground after being hit at point-blank range, and appeared conscious afterward.

It was unclear what happened in the minutes before the footage of the confrontation begins. The footage was broadcast live on Facebook from the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood by Cupid Producer, which describes itself as a production house based in Hong Kong.

The shooting on Monday came as pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong blocked roads and scuffled with riot police officers across the city as part of what had been billed as a citywide general strike.

Similar actions in the past have shut down parts of the transit system and the tunnels going to Hong Kong Island that are vital lifelines to its central business district.

The disruptions are timed to coincide with "singles day," which gets its name from the date, Nov. 11. Originally an anti-Valentine's Day celebration in mainland China, it has turned into an annual shopping phenomenon that generates billions of dollars in sales. The protesters are urging a boycott of online shopping.

a group of people performing on a counter: Paper cranes and white flowers were left at a memorial for Chow Tsz-lok on Saturday. © Lam Yik Fei for The New York TimesPaper cranes and white flowers were left at a memorial for Chow Tsz-lok on Saturday.

The call to action follows a weekend of protests. Saturday evening, tens of thousands of people held a vigil to remember Chow Tsz-lok, the student who died several days after falling from a parking garage near where police officers had clashed with protesters. Sporadic outbreaks of violence also erupted on Saturday and Sunday.

The protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city began in early June over a contentious extradition bill that was later withdrawn. The demonstrations have since morphed into calls for greater democracy and police accountability.

Here's the latest on the Hong Kong protests:

Opposition lawmakers caught up in widening dragnet.

? Six pro-democracy lawmakers were charged on Saturday in relation to scuffles on May 11, as Hong Kong's legislature met to discuss the extradition bill.

? Lawmakers from the democracy camp said the arrests were part of a government plan to interfere with local elections scheduled for Nov. 24.

? One opposition lawmaker was told by the police on Friday that he would be arrested later.

Student's death provokes outrage and questions.

? Tens of thousands of people gathered at a park outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on Saturday in memory of Chow Tsz-lok, 22, who died after falling from a parking garage amid protests last Monday. A constant stream of people left paper cranes and white flowers at a stage where speakers gave emotional addresses.

? "I am here today not just to mourn the death of this boy, but also because I don't want this to happen to my son in the future," said Veronica Chan, 31. "I don't want him to have to come out to fight for freedom in 10 or 15 years."

? Mr. Chow, a student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, suffered head and pelvic injuries when he fell one story. Some protesters have blamed the police for his death, but the circumstances of his fall remain unclear.

? An international panel of experts appointed to study police conduct said Friday that the local police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Council, needed to beef up its investigative capabilities. A key demand of the protest movement has been an independent investigation into the police's use of force.

Beijing pushes scrapped anti-sedition law.

? The head of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office on Saturday said that the local government's inability to pass an anti-sedition law was to blame for the growing calls for Hong Kong's independence.

? The proposed legislation, based on Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, would outlaw calls for independence and put the territory more in line with mainland laws for what China characterizes as treason.

? The bill was shelved in 2003 after a half-million Hong Kong residents protested, arguing that it threatened civil liberties enshrined in the Basic Law.

Katherine Li contributed reporting.

11. marraskuuta 2019 5:00:00 Categories: Evening Standard The New York Times

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