Hong Kong Protestors Blast Police for Shooting Teen Demonstrator

Hong Kong protestors gathered Wednesday to denounce the shooting of a teen demonstrator as violence continues to escalate in the area.

Protestors in Hong Kong are condemning a recent run in with police which ended with a teen demonstrator being shot amid escalating violence.

The demonstrators gathered Wednesday to denounce the incident, while marching to Charter Garden according to Reuters.

The response comes just one day after the protestor was shot in the chest with live ammunition near the Tsuen Wan area of the New Territories, on the same day China celebrated 70 years of its founding.

Officials released a statement regarding the incident saying, “A large group of rioters was attacking police officers in Tsuen Wan. Police officers warned them, but they were still attacking police. A police officer’s life was seriously endangered. In order to save his and other officers’ lives, they fired at the attacker.”

According to authorities, there were over 100 people wounded amid Tuesday’s escalating violence.

Children as young as 11 and adults as old as 75 were among those injured. 

Demonstrations have been ongoing for four months, and began peacefully but eventually evolved into more violent clashes with police. 

The protests first erupted back in June over an extradition bill that would have sent suspects to China for trial, though this has since been taken off the table.

Protestors claim they were worried those suspects would be subject to torture and may not receive fair trials.

Thousands have taken to the streets since, calling for leader Carrie Lam’s resignation and probes into alleged police brutality.

In response, Lam eventually suspended the extradition legislation back in July hoping the protests would subside. 

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