Amateur video of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong on Tuesday captures the moment when a policeman points a pistol at a black-clad protester and fires a round, after which the young man falls to the floor.
The footage, taken by students during a chaotic melee in the Tsuen Wan area of the city, is the first known instance of a protester being shot with live ammunition during weeks of clashes between police and pro-democracy campaigners.
Maybe this footage is already doing the rounds. It’s being circulated by protesters. Shows police shooting protester in chest at point blank range. Am told it was a real bullet. In Tsuen Wan. pic.twitter.com/8eXPVDhQ35
Kong Tsung-gan / ??? (@KongTsungGan) October 1, 2019
Police confirmed that an officer opened fire at a protester, saying he was acting in self-defense.
“A large group of rioters was attacking police officers in Tsuen Wan,” police said in a statement.