Hong Kong police defends move to shoot, to probe man set on fire

Hong Kong police defends move to shoot, to probe man set on fire

Hong Kong police defends move to shoot, to probe man set on fire

Written by Reuters

11 Nov, 2019 | 3:10 pm

Reuters – Hong Kong police defended an officer’s decision to shoot live rounds at a protester on Monday (November 11) saying he was protecting himself.

The officer shot and wounded one protester who, hospital officials said, was in critical condition on Monday, as the Chinese-ruled territory spiraled into rare working-hours violence in its 24th straight week of pro-democracy unrest.

Police also condemned the setting of fire of a man who was allegedly in disagreement with protesters. Videos circulating online and played in the news conference showed a man pouring petrol on another and setting him on fire. Police said it took place outside Ma On Shan Plaza in the New Territories. Without confirming the video, the Hospital Authority said a man had been admitted with severe burns and was in critical condition.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the footage.

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