n the midst of a particularly horrendous day in Hong Kong, city leader Carrie Lam issued statements at a public press conference on Monday afternoon which seem unlikely to calm the situation down.
Two shocking incidents from the day have stood out from the usual clashes between protesters and police which the former British colony has seen regularly over the last five months. One saw a 21-year-old protester shot in the chest by a police officer as he was grappling with another demonstrator.
You can watch video of the shot being fired below, viewer discretion is advised:
— 鏟🐍人 (@Tonyworld15) November 11, 2019
The other incident saw a man being doused with a flammable liquid and set alight after arguing with a group of pro-democracy protesters.
Again, you can watch the video below. Again, viewer discretion is advised:
Man set on fire during verbal clash with protesters in #HongKong
Warning: this video contains distressing content pic.twitter.com/7TZxxSu3Ue
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 11, 2019
At her last-minute press conference, Lam said that both men are in critical condition at local hospitals. She singled out the man being burned as an “inhumane act that no one should condone” while calling it “unacceptable” for anyone to suggest that the police are out of control.
She went on to declare that the city’s “rioters” would not cause her government to yield to their “so-called political demands” by escalating violence, referring to them as the “enemies of the people.”
Pro-democracy supporters have been quick to condemn Lam’s presser, accusing her of continuing to heap blame on protesters while finding no fault in police and her own response to the demonstrations and the wishes of the people of Hong Kong.
Carrie Lam is like a broken radio that keeps repeating the disgusted old trope that all violence stems from the “rioters” while refusing to acknowledge that @hkpoliceforce plays a part in the ongoing crisis. #HongKong is cursed to have a leader that worships the #CCP style rule. https://t.co/O9WXUzC4ee
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) November 11, 2019
Did #CarrieLam offer anything new to de-escalate this crisis?
"Nothing at all. Fresh with an endorsement from Chinese President Xi Jinping, she is coming back basically saying that authorities will not be cowed by escalating violence."
— Kristie Lu Stout✌🏽 (@klustout) November 11, 2019
Carrie Lam won't give in to protesters' "so-called political demands". So-called presumably because she thinks people are on the streets risking deadly injury and years in jail just for the heck of it (and because they want cheaper apartments and access to Greater Bay Area jobs) https://t.co/6rHa0GbTF5
— Ben Bland (@benjaminbland) November 11, 2019
This is a speech given entirely for Beijing’s consumption – there is no way the HK people will swallow this after what has happened today. https://t.co/q12GRgcyGI
— Antony Dapiran (@antd) November 11, 2019
Here’s some more scenes from a chaotic Monday in Hong Kong:
— Victor Ting (@VictorTing7) November 10, 2019
— Missy Lao (@missy_lao) November 11, 2019
Huge crowd chanting and flipping off police in the heart of Hong Kong's business district. Seconds after this, they fired tear gas. pic.twitter.com/0RtOSWDj9d
— Ben Westcott (@Ben_Westcott) November 11, 2019