Hong Kong police have fired tear gas in Central as crowds gathered on Pedder Street to protest during lunchtime.

Central. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

The move on Monday came as the city reels from the shooting of a protester with live ammunition by a police officer earlier in the day.

Riot police in Central. Photo: Telegram.

Crowds formed on the main thoroughfare with many also occupying Des Voeux Road Central. Some formed roadblocks using construction bamboo while others heckled police.

At around 12:30pm, police raised a blue flag, warning crowds that force may be used to disperse them.

Riot police in Central. Photo: Telegram.

A group of officers were filmed charging into the crowd and arresting one man, whose shirt was ripped apart during the incident.

Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

Tear gas was fired at roughly 12:47pm.

A man in a suit was reportedly hit by a tear gas canister and bled from his head, the University of Hong Kong’s student publication reported.

Citywide unrest

Hong Kong was shaken by fresh unrest throughout the day as protesters disrupted the morning commute as part of a larger plan to mobilise a general strike.

Central. Photo: Benjamin Yuen/United Social Press.

The strike was triggered by the death of 22-year-old student Alex Chow Tsz-lok who on Friday succumbed to serious injuries sustained near a police clearance of a protest last week.

A man in Central appeared to be hit with a tear gas canister on his head. Photo: HKUSU Undergrad.

Meanwhile, on Monday, tear gas was fired in multiple districts including Sai Wan Ho – where the protester was shot earlier – Choi Hung and Tseung Kwan O, where a canister landed outside a secondary school.

Sai Wan Ho. Photo: Kevin Cheng/United Social Press.

Police also fired tear gas and other projectiles, including suspected bean bag rounds, in the campuses of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong.

Mong Kok. Photo: Tam Ming Keung/United Social Press.

The city has been shaken by over five months of large-scale demonstrations against a now-withdrawn extradition bill. The focus of the movement has since shifted towards calls for democratic reform and accountability for the police handling of the crisis, as well as other demands.

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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.