Such protests have become nearly a daily affair in Hong Kong, sometimes with little or no notice, disrupting business and piling pressure on the government.
Demonstrators have listed several key demands, from universal and direct democracy to an independent investigation of police brutality during the months of protests that have crippled large sections of Hong Kong. Lam insisted that accusing police of widespread abuse was "unacceptable" and that authorities were doing their best "to return Hong Kong to normal as soon as possible".
"I am willing to sacrifice my life for Hong Kong". "Free people everywhere stand with Hong Kong, and the Chinese Communist Party is going to discover that suppressing freedom-seekers with terror and bullets is a losing strategy", he wrote in a statement on Monday.
Zhang was posted to Hong Kong as Beijing's top envoy between 2012 and 2017, during which time he dealt with the city's Umbrella Movement in 2014, calling for genuine universal suffrage. Police said the victim was in critical condition.
Video footage showed a man lying in a pool of blood with his eyes wide open.
The officer also fires at a third protester who approached.
Hong Kong police officials immediately pronounced the shooting justified because the officer was acting in self-defense and blamed the protesters for creating chaotic and violent conditions on the street.
The fallen man is pinned to the ground by an officer holding a gun to his head.
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The man fell just a couple of metres from a large makeshift memorial to a student who died from a fall in a auto park last week, the blood staining the street next to candles, flowers, and anti-government posters. Video posted online also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them. The officer then fired two more shots.
Prof Stott said the "unprecedented" scale and violence of the city's protests make Monday's incidents "perhaps unsurprising".
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A man (C, in torn shirt) is detained by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central district on November 11, 2019. The city's de facto central bank said in a statement: "The Hong Kong banking system is robust and sound, with ample liquidity to meet the needs of the public".
The unrest also spread to densely populated Mong Kok on the Kowloon peninsula, often the site of street clashes.
In a video streamed live, a uniformed traffic officer is shown drawing his pistol and then grabbing a protester in a headlock after protesters had placed boxes on a road to try to stop traffic in Sai Wan Ho at about 7.15am.
The clashes looked set to last into the night as they have done many times before. One traffic officer, who was not in riot gear, arrested a person.
Anonymous sources told local media the protester shot at point-blank range was hit in the kidney and liver, suffered a crushed renal vein, and experienced at least one heart attack while receiving medical treatment.