n elderly man remains in critical condition after being hit in the face with a brick during a clash between protesters and local residents in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The confrontation saw the two groups exchanging volleys of bricks on a street in Sheung Shui of the New Territories. The protesters, clad in black, were eventually made to retreat, holding up their umbrellas for protection.
Video filmed from a nearby residential high-rise shows that at the start of the clash a 70-year-old man in a black coat walks out onto the street and appears to be preparing to throw something when he is nailed straight in the face by a brick thrown by someone in the crowd of protesters.
He immediately falls to the ground.
The man, a street cleaner, is reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital. He’s also been rumored to be brain dead or already dead with pro-China accounts circulating the news online.
If he does fail to survive the blow, he would be the first to die as a direct result of the violent clashes that Hong Kong has seen in what has been nearly six months of large-scale, pro-democracy protests.
Last week, a 22-year-old student died at the hospital after falling from a parking garage during one demonstration. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.