Hong Kong security forces shot a pro-democratic protester in the chest with a live round during a demonstration against the Chinese National Day celebrations, according to press reports.
The shooting is the first time police have used real ammunition against protesters, who have demonstrated in the city for more than 17 weeks. The police had already shot real ammunition into the air to try to disperse the crowds, but never the protesters. News sources report that the man was shot while protesting in the Tsuen Wan neighborhood. Photos of the injured man asking for help and receiving medical attention have also appeared on Facebook.
An official from the city’s Hong Kong Hospital Authority told Reuters that the victim of a shot is in critical condition. At least 15 others were injured in the clashes of the day and more than 50 people were arrested.