A Hong Kong protestor was shot at close range as violence surrounding the widespread, pro-democracy demonstrations continues to plague the area.
According to the South China Post, the victim, a 21-year-old student, was shot early Monday morning and remains in critical condition.
The student was reportedly unarmed, but Hong Kong police claimed they were forced to shoot saying he had reached for an officer’s pistol amid the violent confrontation.
Meanwhile, a Fox News report claims there was another individual who was set on fire on Monday amid the unrest.
A Global Times journalist released video footage of the incident saying, “Monday in Hong Kong, a man who openly disagreed with radical protesters was poured gasoline over by rioters and set on fire.”
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has repeatedly blamed what she calls the “rioters” for crippling the region in violent escalation as widespread calls for democratic reform ring clear.
Lam weighed in on the months-long violent turmoil saying, “If there’s still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong [special administrative region of China] government will yield to pressure, to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: that will not happen.”
Just last week, a protestor died after suffering injuries from falling from the third floor of a parking garage while trying to police escape tear gas.
Following the student’s death, violent protests continued through the weekend as Hong Kong police used tear gas and a water cannon in an attempt to dissipate the unrest.
Protests originally erupted back in June over an extradition bill, which has since been taken off the table.
Those rallying against the measure were worried individuals who would be extradited to China could face torture and unfair trials.
Since then, the months-long protests have gradually evolved into wider calls for democracy, including probes into alleged police brutality and even the Lam’s resignation.