A Hong Kong protester was in critical condition after being shot by a police officer, as the financial hub reeled from citywide efforts to disrupt the work week amid worsening political unrest.
The city’s Hospital Authority and police force gave differing accounts of how many protesters had been shot during Monday morning skirmishes. A Hospital Authority spokesman said one person with a gunshot injury was critical, while police said earlier in the morning that two demonstrators had been shot and were conscious as they were taken to the hospital.
As police clashed with protesters across the city Monday, the local railway operator suspended parts of some lines and most universities canceled classes. The dramatic flare-up comes after a weekend of sporadic protests and rallies following the death of a student who fell from a parking garage amid a police dispersal operation last week -- the first death directly tied to police action in the ongoing protests.
The historic unrest, which has dragged on for five months, began after the government proposed now-withdrawn legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The movement has since expanded to call for greater democratic accountability, as well as an independent inquiry into the violence.