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hong-kong-police-fire-warning-shots-violence-flaresSouth China Morning Post:

Police said in a statement they took “resolute actions” including use of batons and pepper spray to stop “unlawful violence acts,” but failed to explain two warning shots fired earlier tonight.

Chris Lau, Joyce Ng, Clifford Lo and Danny Lee

Tuesday, 09 February, 2016



Crowds gathered to protest police trying to remove street food hawkers. Photo: Chris Lau



Police were seen pointing guns at protestors and firing shots into the air amid chaotic scenes in Mong Kok early Tuesday morning.


A TVB video showed the moment police drew guns on protesters and fired two warning shots into the air on Argyle Street around 2am. An SCMP reporter on the scene also witnessed and heard two shots fired from a gun.


A police source said: “Officers were under attack and a police officer fired two shots into the air.”


The officer described the protesters as “rioters” and trouble makers.



Protestors set fire to parts of the streets in Mong Kok. Photo: Edward Wong



Shortly before gunshots were fired, pallets and rocks were hurled at a team of traffic police officers. A senior constable was hit with a pallet, causing him to fall to the ground. He said he felt dizzy but some protestors continued charging him and hurled rocks at him.


The source added that protestors seemed prepared,being well equipped with home-made shields, goggles, helmets and gloves.


The “rioters”involved more than a hundred people and gathered at different points setting fire to rubbish bins in the streets, he said.



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