Hong Kong protests: Two people in critical condition after day of chaos

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Two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong.

A protester was injured on Monday morning when he was shot at close range by a police officer.

He was the third person shot by police since the protests began 24 weeks ago.

Later on Monday a pro-Beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set alight after arguing with protesters, who are demanding greater democracy and police accountability in Hong Kong.

The territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking to reporters on Monday evening, warned protesters they would not succeed in getting their demands.

“We will spare no effort in finding ways and means that could end the violence in Hong Kong as soon as possible,” she said.

There were clashes across Hong Kong on Monday between protesters and police, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas. At one point, tear gas was fired in the central business district – a rare occurrence during working hours on a weekday.

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Protesters built barricades in Causeway Bay

Monday’s violence followed a weekend of vigils and protests after a 22-year-old student protester died on Friday.

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