Two protesters have been shot by Hong Kong police during a confrontation in a general strike on Monday.
The demonstration, which aimed to disrupt the morning commute, came in response to the death of a student protester who died last Friday and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend.
The shooting occurred as protesters tried to block a junction at Sai Wan Ho on the north-east of Hong Kong Island, according to the BBC.
In a now-viral video, a police officer is seen shooting both protesters point-blank, shocking witnesses in the area.
Hong Kong police confirmed shooting the protesters, Bloomberg reported. According to the outlet, both are teenagers.
This is the third time Hong Kong police have shot someone with live rounds. The first incident, which occurred on Oct. 1 — China’s National Day — involved an 18-year-old high school student. The second incident occurred on Oct. 4 and involved a 14-year-old boy.
Later on Monday, a video of a man doused with petrol and lit on fire by “rioters” emerged on social media.
The man, who is reported to be in critical condition, “openly disagreed with radical protesters” at the time of the attack, according to Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run Global Times.
Many people might not know this, but NextShark is a small media startup that runs on no outside funding or loans, and with no paywalls or subscription fees, we rely on help from our community and readers like you.
Everything you see today is built by Asians, for Asians to help amplify our voices globally and support each other. However, we still face many difficulties in our industry because of our commitment to accessible and informational Asian news coverage.
We hope you consider making a contribution to NextShark so we can continue to provide you quality journalism that informs, educates, and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for supporting NextShark and our community.