Hong Kong Police fired gun, used water cannon on protesters
In Hong Kong, police fired gun and used water cannon on protesters yesterday. Police officers were pictured pointing guns as they were chased by crowds wielding poles. This was the first time a live round had been used since demonstrations broke out in June.
Images showed several other officers also pointed guns at protesters who were chasing them with sticks and poles. In another first, police deployed water cannon against protesters earlier in the day.
Demonstrations were sparked by an extradition bill but have since morphed into broader anti-government protests. Police told local media that several officers had been taken to hospital as a result of the clashes. The latest round of violence comes after an uneasy peace that lasted a little more than a week.