A Hong Kong protester was hit by a live round and wounded in the chest today, as the freedom protests in the city become more violent.
A protest group, Demosisto, posted a video on social media that seemed to show a law enforcement official pointing a handgun at the chest of a protester point blank and firing it.
The video can be seen here from different angles [viewer discretion is advised]:
— antiELAB (@anti_elab) October 1, 2019
Police pull the gun at close range and shot at the protestor in the chest.#hongkongprotest #chinazi #prayforhk #teargas #HumanRights #cityu #protest #FreedomHongKong #StandwithHK #StandWithHongKong #antielab #反送中 #홍콩시위 #weconnect #勇武 #抗爭 #hongkong #催淚彈 #riotpolice pic.twitter.com/MnXq0GR3he
— Editorial Board CityUSU (@cityusuedb) October 1, 2019
A police official validated what was seen on video, and confirmed that a police officer discharged a gun in the Tsuen Wan area, and a protester was stricken as a result. The victim is reportedly fighting for his life at the Princess Margaret hospital in Kwai Chung in critical condition.
Although officers had fired warning shots into the air during other protests, this is the first time a protester has been shot with a live round by police since the freedom protests kicked off in June.
The Hong Kong Hospital Authority has said that, in addition to the man in critical condition, 15 others had been hospitalized with injuries as a result of the day’s clashes. The protests were particularly lively to make a statement to China during the 70th anniversary of the communist party coming into power.
The Civil Human Rights Front, an organization that has organized some of the largest freedom rallies throughout Hong Kong, urged protesters to dress in black and treat the anniversary as a “day of grief.”
“Today we are out to tell the Communist Party that Hong Kong people have nothing to celebrate,” said activist Lee Cheuk-yan, who led the central march.
“We are mourning that in 70 years of Communist Party rule, the democratic rights of people in Hong Kong and China are being denied. We will continue to fight,” he added.
President Donald Trump actually congratulated China for their anniversary in a tweet earlier today.
Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
Big League Politics has covered the Hong Kong protests since their outset over over a controversial extradition bill that would have appeased communist China:
ZeroHedge reports that citizens of Hong Kong have been out in the streets protesting an extradition bill put forward by City Executive Carrie Lam.
This bill, the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was introduced on February 2019, would have made it easier to transfer fugitives to Mainland China and subject them to Chinese law.
Many of the demonstrators worried about the increased risk of Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals passing through the city being shipped off to mainland China, where they would stand trial in Chinese courts.
Some analysts such as Agnes Chow argued that if this bill were to pass, Hong Kong “will be over.”
Lam actually yielded to the pressure and has suspended the extradition bill indefinitely. However, there is reason to believe that this bill will be making a comeback in the near feature. There is tremendous pressure from China to ram this bill through, which could put Hong Kong independence in jeopardy.
Despite Lam’s concession on Saturday, June 15, 2019, protestors continued to come out in force. On Sunday, 2 million people marched in protest demanding that Lam resign for introducing such a bill.
The Hong Kong freedom protests have been a black eye to China, during a time in which they are economically vulnerable due to the trade war initiated by President Trump.
Italian Populist Youth Group Praises Trump for His Peace Efforts
The Lega Nord is one of Europe’s strongest populist parties.
The Lega Giovani, the youth branch of Salvini’s Lega party, announced its support in nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Due to Trump’s efforts in brokering peace deals between Gulf Arab states and Israel, one Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president for the Nobel Peace prize.
In a statement, Luca Toccalini, a member of the Italian Parliament and Chairman of Lega Giovani, declared that the “globalist left is losing its mind, scared by the outcome of the upcoming American elections, and this latest news decisively increased their worries.”
Toccalini added that Lega Giovani “strongly” supports the “nomination of President Donald Trump, a just reward for the continued dedication of his administration for lasting peace with a bilateral and multi polar approach.”
The populist Italian member of Parliament noted how Trump’s Middle East agenda has contrasted with Obama’s:
After a decade of turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, sponsored by a globalist agenda and President Obama’s dreams of revolution, the last 4 years have seen great improvement for the stability in our neighbourhood which has also helped Europe.
Wishing four more years of peace and greatness, as Lega Giavani we strongly support Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Matteo Salvini and Lega have led the way in putting populism on the map throughout Europe. Salvini broke the mold by implementing pro-gun reforms in 2018 and 2019. What seems like a concept that is only confined to the U.S., now the right to bear arms is starting to enter the conversation in Europe. Political organizations like Lega have undoubtedly changed political discourse in Italian politics and Europe, for that matter.
Youth organizations such as Lega Giovani will play a substantial role in spreading Lega’s message and educating younger generations of Italians and preparing them to be the new populist vanguard of an ever-changing European polity.
The message can be read here.
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