Hong Kong Protester Shot during Demonstration Following Chinese Military Parade

Riot police officers are seen amid tear gas during a demonstration in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2019. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

A Hong Kong protester was shot with a live round by police on Tuesday during demonstrations that followed street celebrations in Beijing marking 70 years of Communist Party control.

The shooting is the first use of deadly force by police officers after months of unrest and protests.

Hong Kong police sources have confirmed to multiple outlets that the protester was shot in the chest and is in critical condition. The police are expected to make an official announcement in a press conference later today, according to BBC.

Local English-language outlet Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) said in a statement that it was withdrawing all reporters on the street, after a journalist was hit in the head with a projectile.

As the Chinese mainland celebrated seven decades of unbroken Communist control, efforts to quell pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalated. China doubled its military force on the island over the weekend to around 12,000 soldiers and police began to fire warning shots of live ammunition, as well as tear gas and water cannons, to dispel protestors.

Update: 4:30 p.m.

The U.K.’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, slammed the shooting in a statement. “This incident underlines the need for a constructive dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the people of Hong Kong,” it read.

The victim, a 18-year-old, was taken to the hospital and is undergoing surgery. According to a source from the South China Morning Post, he remains in critical condition.

In a nighttime press-briefing, Hong Kong police chief Stephen Lo defended the actions of his officers, claiming the use of live ammunition was “lawful and reasonable.” Lo also revealed that a total of six live rounds were fired on Tuesday during widespread clashes between police and protestors, although no other shootings have been reported.

25 officers were injured and more than 180 people arrested during the course of the day, prompting Lo to call Tuesday “one of Hong Kong’s most violent and chaotic days.”

So far, no official statement has been issued from the U.S. government on the incident. On Tuesday morning, President Trump congratulated Chinese president Xi Jinping on Twitter for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic, which was marked by a large military parade in the Chinese capital


Most Popular

Politics & Policy

ABC Chief Political Analyst: GOP Rep. Stefanik a ‘Perfect Example’ of the Failures of Electing Someone ‘Because They Are a Woman’

Matthew Dowd, chief political analyst for ABC News, suggested that Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) was elected due to her gender after taking issue with Stefanik's line of questioning during the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday. “Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why just electing ... Read More
White House

Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’

When it comes to Russia, I am with what Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman calls the American “policy community.” Vindman, of course, is one of the House Democrats’ star impeachment witnesses. His haughtiness in proclaiming the policy community and his membership in it grates, throughout his 340-page ... Read More
Law & the Courts

DACA’s Day in Court

When President Obama unilaterally changed immigration policy after repeatedly and correctly insisting that he lacked the constitutional power to do it, he said that congressional inaction had forced his hand. In the case of his first major unilateral move — “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” which ... Read More

A Preposterous Review

A   Georgetown University professor named Charles King has reviewed my new book The Case for Nationalism for Foreign Affairs, and his review is a train wreck. It is worth dwelling on, not only because the review contains most of the lines of attack against my book, but because it is extraordinarily shoddy and ... Read More