Hong Kong riot police fired a live-round of ammunition into a crowd of pro-Democracy protesters Tuesday as Beijing prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their communist revolution.
“Hong Kong police shot a teenage protester at close range in the chest Tuesday, leaving him bleeding and howling on the ground, in a fearsome escalation of anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Tens of thousands marched in a day of rage as Communist leaders in Beijing celebrated 70 years in power,” reports the Associated Press.
“While officers have previously fired warning shots in the air on multiple occasions during months of protests in Hong Kong, this was the first time a protester is known to have been shot. There were other instances Tuesday when officers also drew their weapons, including two with bloodied faces who pointed pistols, as protesters and riot police fought fierce battles at multiple locations in the city on edge, with many determined to spoil the Oct. 1 anniversary of Communist rule,” adds the AP.
“They are squeezing our necks so we don’t breathe the air of freedom,” said one protester.
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