Hong Kong protester shot by police charged with rioting & assault

Double whammy.

Belmont Lay| October 03, 06:30 PM

The 18-year-old Hong Kong student who was shot in the chest by police on Tuesday, Oct. 1 has been charged with rioting and assaulting police on Thursday, the South China Morning Post reported.

The injured protester, Tsang Chi-kin, is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a bullet from his chest.

Understandably, he could not appear in Sha Tin Court on Thursday.

One of seven charged

The teenager was one of seven men aged between 18 and 38 who have been charged with one joint count of taking part in riot, according to police.

A total of 269 people were arrested for various offences on National Day.

Of those, 93 were students.

Tsang was also charged with two counts of assaulting police, while a 38-year-old man was charged with one count of arson.

Tsang has been transferred from the intensive care unit to a cardiothoracic surgery ward.

More live rounds fired

He was the first demonstrator to be shot with live ammunition in 17 weeks of mass protest that have rocked Hong Kong since June.

And it appears the frequency of live rounds getting fired has increased.

On the same day the teenager was shot, the police fired another five live rounds on three other occasions.

The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was marred by widespread violence in Hong Kong.

Anti-government protesters threw petrol bombs and projectiles in at least 13 areas of Hong Kong.

Police fired about 1,400 rounds of tear gas, 900 rubber bullets, 190 beanbag rounds, and 230 sponge-tipped rounds at them.

In Hong Kong, rioting carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.