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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.

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The historic unrest, which has dragged on for five months, began after the government proposed now-withdrawn legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.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.

Protestors threw bricks to the road in Wong Tai Sin district.
Protestors threw bricks to the road in Wong Tai Sin district.Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images
A man is detained by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central district.
A man is detained by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central district.ANTHONY WALLACE
A protester moved bricks during a demonstration.
A protester moved bricks during a demonstration.Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Residents rinsed their eyes by others after police fired teargas.
Residents rinsed their eyes by others after police fired teargas.Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters used a catapult against police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central district.
Protesters used a catapult against police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central district.ANTHONY WALLACE
Protesters with umbrellas and bottles of water to douse tear gas canisters form up during confrontation with police.
Protesters with umbrellas and bottles of water to douse tear gas canisters form up during confrontation with police.Vincent Yu/Associated Press