HONG KONG — A Hong Kong police officer shot an antigovernment demonstrator on Monday, an escalation likely to inflame tensions in a financial hub that was already jittery over the recent death of a student following a clash with the police.
The officer fired three shots on Monday morning toward two black-clad protesters in a neighborhood where traffic had been snarled by roadblocks, video footage from the scene shows. One of the protesters crumpled to the ground after being hit at point-blank range, and appeared conscious afterward.
It was unclear what happened in the minutes before the footage of the confrontation begins. The footage was broadcast live on Facebook from the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood by Cupid Producer, which describes itself as a production house based in Hong Kong.
The shooting on Monday came as pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong blocked roads and scuffled with riot police officers across the city as part of what had been billed as a citywide general strike.
Similar actions in the past have shut down parts of the transit system and the tunnels going to Hong Kong Island that are vital lifelines to its central business district.