The actions of an officer who shot live rounds at a teenage protester were “lawful and reasonable,” the Hong Kong deputy police commissioner said, adding that there was a threat to the lives of officers.
Tuesday saw one of the most violent clashes since the Hong Kong protests erupted in mid-June over the extradition bill with mainland China. It was also the first time that the law enforcers employed live fire against the rioting crowds, often equipped with Molotov cocktails and other self-made arms. An 18-year-old student was shot in the chest from close range and now remains in hospital in a stable condition.
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