Sporadic protests look like they could continue into the night in Hong Kong, but there are fewer people out on the streets and riot police have conducted clearance operations in several districts.
As we wrap up our coverage for the evening -- barring any major surprise developments -- here's what you need to know:
- Three violent incidents: There were three separate violent events today that stunned the city. A protester was shot by police this morning, and is now out of surgery. A police officer appeared to drive his motorcycle into a crowd, and has been suspended by the force. A man confronted protesters, and was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. He remains in critical condition at the hospital.
- Citywide clashes: All day, police and protesters faced off in different districts, with crowds marching through the city center and police firing tear gas. Protesters also set fires, built barricades, dug up bricks from streets, and caused widespread transit disruptions. Police fired a water cannon near to protesters in Kowloon’s Mong Kok district this evening. By 9 p.m. local time, protesters had cleared out of Causeway Bay shopping district after a police clearance operation but were still gathering in small numbers behind umbrellas in Mong Kok.
- Carrie Lam condemns violence: Speaking to reporters Monday evening, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the government would not yield to protesters demands, saying it was “wishful thinking.” Lam added that violence would not offer any solutions to Hong Kong’s problems.