Teen shot in Hong Kong protests is charged

A woman wearing a face mask with the characters meaning "conscience" takes part in a protest against a government ban on protesters wearing face masks in Hong Kong on Friday.

Lam stressed it doesn't mean the semiautonomous Chinese territory is in a state of emergency.

The lawyer for an Indonesian journalist injured when police fired a projectile during protests on Sunday said she will be left blind in one eye.

She also held her first town hall meeting three weeks later with Hong Kong residents to better understand community grievances and to create policy solutions. "We must stop the violence". The High Court was hearing a bid late Friday to halt the ban.

The officer's action was in line with global procedures, he said, but added that police would mount an in-depth investigation into the shooting.

Masks will be permitted for "legitimate need", when their wearers can prove that they need them for work, health or religious reasons.

Lam wouldn't rule out a further toughening of measures if violence continues.

"When we arrived on Parliament Hill, I think around 4:40 p.m., we were attacked by Chinese nationalist", said Cherie Wong, Canadian Hong Kong activist.

But pro-democracy lawmakers fear the emergency powers could be used to further curtail freedoms. Some used metal railings to block roads downtown, vandalized two subway stations and set street fires, including burning a Chinese flag. Some malls and all subway stations were shut.

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"Batons of the type used by some frontline protesters in recent clashes with riot police were also reclassified as 'low-level lethal weapons", instead of "intermediate-grade weapons" in the earlier version, the reports said.

Aiden Chan, another 17-year-old schoolmate of Tsang's who said they had played basketball and worked out together, wanted to join the protests China's National Day but was grounded by his parents. "So I will still keep my mask on everywhere".

Protesters regularly wear a range of face masks in Hong Kong, from Guy Fawkes masks to thin surgical-style coverings and respirator-equipped face masks - which have the dual benefit of combating tear gas fired by police and obscuring the demonstrators' identities. As the use of police tear gas has become widespread, many young protesters have worn heavier duty gear including full gas masks and goggles.

"We can not work alone-clapping only with one hand-without appropriate measures and support from top level", Lam said. She insisted she was not acting under orders from Beijing, which she visited this week when Communist Party leaders celebrated 70 years in power on Tuesday.

A lawyer for the teenager shot in the chest on October 1 while fighting with an officer appeared in court on his behalf.

Critics said the move was a major step towards authoritarianism for Hong Kong, which has been governed by China under a "one country, two systems" framework since British colonial rule ended in 1997. He has been charged with rioting, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence, and assaulting an officer.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Lam's government should avoid aggravating tensions and that "political dialogue is the only way" to resolve the conflict.

The mass protests erupted in early June, when millions of people in Hong Kong took to the streets to demand that Lam withdraw a bill that would have allowed Hong Kongers accused of crimes to be extradited to mainland China to face trial.

But after Beijing and local leaders failed to respond to demonstrators demands the rallies snowballed into a wider movement calling for democratic freedom and police accountability.

  • Delia Davidson