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Hong Kong Violence Escalates With Bullets, Tear Gas, Man on Fire

  • City sees one of most violent days since protests began
  • Two men in critical condition; tear gas fired in Central
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam discusses the latest round of protests and casualties related to the violence.Source: Bloomberg
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Hong Kong today saw one of its most violent days since protests began in June, with clashes involving police and protesters leaving downtown paralyzed, transportation networks hobbled and two men clinging to life.

The chaos started early on Monday when demonstrators, still angry after the first protest-related death on Friday, moved to disrupt the morning commute. A scuffle ensued outside a subway station in which a police officer shot a protester at point blank, all of which was caught on a video that went viral within moments. He’s currently in intensive care.