Memorable pictures from Independence Day protests in Hong Kong

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A protester lies with a gunshot wound outside Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns in Hong Kong, October 1, 2019.

Amateur video of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong captures the moment when a policeman points a pistol at a black-clad protester and fires a round, after which the young man falls to the floor.

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A protester is shot by a police officer in Tsuen Wan Tai Ho Road, Hong Kong, China October 1, 2019.

The footage, taken by students during a chaotic melee in the Tsuen Wan area of the city, is the first known instance of a protester being shot with live ammunition during weeks of clashes between police and pro-democracy campaigners.

Police confirmed that an officer opened fire at a protester, saying he was acting in self-defense.

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An anti-government protester runs through a cloud of tear gas during a protest in Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong, October 1, 2019.

The incident came as thousands of protesters, some wearing Guy Fawkes masks, took to the streets to defy the city’s Chinese rulers on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

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Riot police charge at anti-government protesters during a demonstration at Wan Chai district, on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, October 1. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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A riot police detain an anti-government protester during a demonstration on China’s National Day, in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, October 1.

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An anti-government protester throws an object during a demonstration on China’s National Day, in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, October 1.

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Anti-government protesters are seen during a protest on China’s National Day, in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, October 1.

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An anti-government protester sets up a barricade at the entrance of Admiralty Station

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An anti-government protester throws a molotov cocktail during a protest on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, October 1.

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An anti-government protester takes cover under an umbrella during a demonstration in Sha Tin district, on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, October 1.