Violence erupts as thousands protest on 70th anniversary of communist rule in China
Hong Kong police have shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time in four months of demonstrations, marking a major escalation in the use of force on a day when China celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule with a triumphalist military parade.
Protests called to mark a national day of grief drew tens of thousands of people on to the citys streets, across six areas, in the most widespread show yet of public anger towards Beijing.
Some gathered in central Hong Kong, while others met up across the harbour in Kowloon and the New Territories beyond. Initially peaceful, the demonstrations turned into running battles. Authorities shut down nearly half the citys metro stations in an attempt to contain the violence.
Police in full riot gear used water cannon and barrages of teargas, while protesters threw molotov cocktails, built barricades, attacked metro stations and lit fires in the street.