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Violence peaks in the region of Hong Kong Monday morning after a pro-democracy protester is shot at close range by a police officer and a counter-protester is set on fire

According to the South China Morning Post, violence peaked in the region of Hong Kong Monday morning after a pro-democracy protester was shot at close range by a police officer and a counter-protester was set on fire. Elsewhere in the city, tear gas and water cannons were deployed by Hong Kong police in an attempt to disperse protesters, and videos online showed a policeman riding a motorcycle through a crowd of protesters. Carrie Lam, the pro-China chief executive of Hong Kong, condemned the actions Monday morning, and laid the blame of the violent protests on the pro-democracy protesters whom she labeled “rioters.” “If there’s still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong [special administrative region of China] government will yield to pressure, to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: that will not happen,” Lam said, according to Reuters. ~

This significant peak of violence in the region of Hong Kong is likely to further escalate tensions between the pro-democracy protesters and the Hong Kong government, according to Fox News. Hundreds of thousands of Hong-Kong demonstrators have been protesting for an autonomous Hong Kong Democracy from Chinese rule for 21 straight weeks in response to an indefinitely suspended extradition bill in June that would have allowed Hong Kong citizens to be sent back to mainland China to face trial. According to The Washington Post, “Hong Kong police have deployed force, including in residential neighborhoods, and made thousands of arrests to discourage further unrest,” including the arrest of prominent figures such as well-known pro-democracy activist and 2014 Occupy protest leader Joshua Wong, fellow leader of 2014 Occupy protests Agnes Chow, and independence advocate Andy Chan. The unrest also follows the death of a student who fell during his participation in earlier pro-democracy protests late last week, and the arrest of six pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend on “charges of obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting over the extradition bill,” (Fox News, 2019). The lawmakers arrested have all since been released on bail. ~

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