Violence in Hong Kong  as student is shot dead

Violence in Hong Kong as student is shot dead


Hundreds of students, alumni and staff have held sit-in denouncing police violence outside the school of a Hong Kong teenager who was shot in the chest by police on Tuesday.

Tsang Chi-kin, 18, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the shooting, the first time live ammunition was used on protesters, representing a major escalation of force by authorities. Police said the officer feared for his life on a day that saw his colleagues fire five warning shots from their pistols throughout the city. "In this very short span of time, he made a decision and shot the assailant," police chief Stephen Lo said.

Signs at Wednesday’s protest included one saying 'Students without violence' and others accusing Hong Kong police of 'pre-meditated murder'. Most gathered wore face masks to shield their identity because of concerns about official retaliation. Secondary schools in Hong Kong were also planning a mass class boycott.