As the protesters turned violent, Hong Kong police forced to shoot a protester on Tuesday as celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist party, a New York Times report said. A pro-Beijing politician Junius Ho Kwan-yiu – who is currently in the Chinese capital – has called for emergency laws to restore order in Hong Kong.
Huge crowds have turned out in Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China in demonstrations that began peacefully. But soon spiralled into the worst violence of the four-month old protest movement.
Police using live ammunition hit a protester for the first time, in Tsuen Wan district, in a major escalation of force. Crowds gathered at other “day of grief” protests, where police were using water cannon and teargas, fell silent when they heard that a man had been hit.
In a statement carried by South China Morning Post, pro-Beijing politician Junius Ho Kwan-yiu said: “It is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China today. All Chinese and decent people are supposed to be celebrating this great day and the great achievements of our motherland joyously together. I am terribly saddened by all the riotous events that have happened at various places in Hong Kong today. Police were attacked and forced to defend themselves with side arms.
My office was damaged by mobsters for the third time. It is already clear that such a trend of violence is escalating and damages to the district offices of several of my colleagues have also been inflicted. It seems there is no sign of this coming to an end until the government is determined to clamp down and call for emergency measures under Cap 241 - the Emergency Regulations Ordinance.
I hereby urge our [chief executive] to take prompt action to introduce all necessary means to restore law and order, and hence peace in Hong Kong.”