Hong Kong protesters have destroyed metro stations as school students rallied against police after an officer fired a live round at a teenage protester.
- The 18-year-old was struck in the chest but remains in a stable condition
- Protests turned to violence as metro stations and Tsuen Wan police station were attacked
- More than 2,000 people chanted “No rioters, only tyranny”
During anti-Government protests on Tuesday — China’s National Day — Tony Tsang, 18, was shot in the chest as he fought an officer with a metal pipe in Tsuen Wan district during some of the most violent clashes in Hong Kong since protests escalated in mid-June.
Police have said the officer who fired the live shot was under serious threat and acted in self-defence in accordance with official guidelines.
More than a hundred others were injured during the violence, including dozens of officers.
Protesters have previously been hit with anti-riot bean-bag rounds and rubber bullets and officers have fired live rounds in the air, but this was the first time a demonstrator had been shot with a live round.
The 18-year-old was struck in the chest but remains in a stable condition.
On Wednesday, classmates of the teenager started the day with rallies in and outside their school grounds to condemn the shooting.
More than 2,000 people chanted “No rioters, only tyranny” as they filled an open-air stadium near the school.
More than 2,000 people filled an open-air stadium near the school of the injured teen. (AP: Kin Cheung)
In Tsuen Wan, where the shooting took place, hundreds marched along the streets and blocked traffic with some holding signs saying “Don’t shoot our kids”.
The protests descended into anger and violence later in the evening as protesters attacked metro stations and Tsuen Wan police station with sticks and petrol bombs.
Black-clad youths smashed ticket machines and vandalised facilities at two northern subway stations.
Black-clad youths smashed ticket machines and vandalized facilities at two northern subway stations. (AP: Kin Cheung)
Peaceful rallies were held elsewhere, with protesters vowing not to give up their fight for more rights including direct elections for the city’s leaders and police accountability.
Speaking in the early hours of Thursday to British broadcaster Sky, Emily Lau Wai-hing, former leader for Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, said she “does not want to see rivers of blood” in the city.
She said the first step to de-escalate the situation in Hong Kong was for the Government to set up an independent commission of inquiry for police brutality.
Ms Lau warned the city was “heading for even bigger confrontation” as protesters thought the movement was “moving onto another stage”.