Hong Kong police shoot demonstrator during morning rush-hour

Protesters block roads with barricades laid on the surface in Wong Tai Sin district as they call for a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday

Hong Kong protester shot at close range by police as chaos erupts across city

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In Hong Kong, two people are in critical condition as anti-government protests escalated today.

Other social media videos show investigators visiting the site of the shooting.

"People in Hong Kong are getting more and more angry that the violence from the police is increasing", said Tommy, 52, an accountant in Hong Kong who was with hundreds gathered in Central on Monday.

Lam also refused to accept the protesters' demands for political concessions. All were freed on bail. Lam insisted that accusing police of widespread abuse was "unacceptable" and that authorities were doing their best "to return Hong Kong to normal as soon as possible". He then grabbed a protester in white and shot another protester in black at close range.

The officer was seen in the video firing again as a third protester approached.

"Radical protesters have been gathering in multiple locations across the territories", police said in a statement.

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The Hospital Authority told Reuters a 21-year-old man suspected to have been wounded in Sai Wan Ho, in the eastern area of Hong Kong island, was undergoing an operation in hospital and was in critical condition. One traffic officer, who was not in riot gear, arrested a person.

Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighbourhood.

Non lethal rounds and tear gas were fired at two university campuses on Monday morning in stand-offs between riot police and students. "Another policeman was seen driving at high speed into a group of protesters on a motorbike". Tse said two people were arrested in the shooting incident, including the person shot, but no one has yet been detained over the burning.

As demonstrations continue, protesters blocked intersections around the city this morning as skirmishes broke out between protesters and police.

Violence spread across Hong Kong on Monday, as scenes resembling urban warfare gripped the city at the start of its 23rd week of political unrest. "Everyone is a loser", Tse said.

Light rail services are also affected.

One protester appeared to be conscious, as he responded when he was asked his name.

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The bill was withdrawn in September but demonstrations continued and now call for full democracy and an inquiry into police behaviour. Activists say Hong Kong's autonomy and Western-style civil liberties, promised when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, are crumbling.

The shooting, which was broadcast live on Facebook, is the latest escalation in more than five months of seething pro-democracy protests that have engulfed the worldwide financial hub and battered its reputation. He died on Friday from head injuries after falling from a parking garage where police had fired tear gas.

Police said more than 120 places has been either vandalised or blocked on Monday.

Police later fired tear gas in the same area where the protester was shot, Reuters reported citing a witness.

The death of Alex Chow on Friday, after head injuries sustained from falling from a multi-storey vehicle park after police had fired tear-gas nearby, was the first death alleged to be directly related to the Hong Kong protests, which have continued for five months.

Although police said they suspended the motorcycle officer pending an investigation, they defended the officer who discharged his weapon, saying he feared for his safety.

The man fell just a couple of metres from a large makeshift memorial to a student who died from a fall in a vehicle park last week, the blood staining the street next to candles, flowers, and anti-government posters. Pro-democracy lawmakers have claimed the government was trying to stir up violence to justify canceling or postponing the elections.

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