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Anger mounts in Hong Kong after teen shot at

Rising tensions: Protesters near the site where the police shot a protester in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Rising tensions: Protesters near the site where the police shot a protester in Hong Kong on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Office workers and high-school students took to the streets in protest against the police action

Hong Kong office workers and high-school students turned out in their hundreds under a sweltering midday sun on Wednesday to denounce a policeman for shooting and wounding a teenager during the most violent clashes in nearly four months of unrest.

The office workers gathered in Chater Garden in the Central business district as the students, some in the same class as the wounded 18-year-old, demonstrated outside his New Territories school.

More than 100 people were wounded during Tuesday’s turmoil, the Hospital Authority said, as anti-China demonstrators took to the streets across the Chinese-ruled territory, throwing petrol bombs and attacking police who responded with tear gas and water cannon. Police made more than 180 arrests.

One officer responded by shooting the 18-year-old school student in the chest with a live round after he came under attack with a metal bar, video footage shows. The teen was in stable condition on Wednesday.

Protesters outside the wounded student’s school, the Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, chanted “Free Hong Kong”, condemned the police and urged a thorough investigation.

“It really disappointed me and let me down about the policeman. I don’t know why they took this action to deal with a Form Five student. Why do you need to shoot? It’s a real gun,” said one 17-year-old student, who goes to the same school.

Protesters have previously been hit with anti-riot bean-bags rounds and rubber bullets, but this was the first time a demonstrator had been shot with a live round.

‘Acted in self-defence’

Police said the officer involved was under serious threat and acted in self-defence.

Tuesday’s protests, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, were aimed at propelling the activists’ fight for greater democracy onto the international stage and embarrassing the city’s political leaders in Beijing.

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