WEB DESK: Hong Kong police shot an apparently unarmed protester on Monday, fueling outrage among pro-democracy activists on a day of violent clashes. In a separate incident, a man was set on fire during an argument about the demonstrations that have roiled the city.
The victims in each of those incidents were in critical condition, according to Hong Kong media outlets. They were injured in two of the most high-profile incidents on a day that saw police use tear gas and water cannons against protesters in turn who threw bricks and Molotov cocktails in several locations.
Both the government and the demonstrators are now accusing the other of intentionally ratcheting up their tactics on what was perhaps the most violent day in roughly five months of protests over Hong Kong’s relationship with Beijing.
As night fell in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam told journalists, “If there is still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the [Hong Kong government] will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen.”
The Hong Kong Police Force arrested more than 260 people Monday, the department said.