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Hong Kong protester fights for life after policeman opens fire at point-blank range

After a year of protests and violence that included this shooting of a student protester, Hong Kong doesn't have much to celebrate. Photo: AAP
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Hong Kong police opened fire on protesters as chaos erupted across the city on Monday morning, local media reported.

The protester was reportedly trying to block a road in Sai Wan Ho when he was shot with a live round.

Police had fired live rounds at protesters on the eastern side of Hong Kong island, local media reported.

Police declined to comment on the video when contacted by media.

Protesters are reportedly expected to set up barricades on major roads while disrupting the operation of the railway.

It comes a day after officers fired tear gas to break up rallies as activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls in the financial hub.

The rail station closed yesterday in the central town of Sha Tin amid scuffles between police and protesters, who have planned disruptions at shopping centres throughout the territory.

It has been the 24th straight weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, as demonstrators showed their fury over what they described as police brutality.

Last weekend, anti-government protesters crowded into a shopping mall when a man slashed people with a knife and bit off part of a politician’s ear.

Hong Kong is in the sixth month of protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy and other grievances.

Hongkongers are furious at what they see as police brutality and meddling by Beijing in the former British colony’s freedoms, guaranteed by the “one country, two systems” formula in place since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

China denies interfering in Hong Kong and has blamed Western countries for stirring up trouble.

-ABC and wires

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