Transcript for Police open fire on Hong Kong demonstrators
Folks will be watching. Overseas to chaos erupting in Hong Kong. Protests escalaing to dangerous levels. Senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell tracking the very latest. Good morning. Reporter: Really disturbing scenes in multiple the flash points in Hong Kong. Today's clashes came after the mysterious death of a protester late Friday and has made an already tense situation there worse. This morning, the protests in Hong Kong taking a new violent turn as police open fire on unarmed demonstrators who have been fighting for months for political reform, autonomy from China and police accountability. We would spare no effort in finding ways an means that could end the violence in Hong Kong. Reporter: This officer wroteing with a man dressed in white while another protester in a black shirt can be seen rushing towards them. The officer then turns and fires his weapon. Hitting one demonstrator rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Today's protests was dubbed operation dorm targeting highways with blockades and Virginia da lyzing subway station answer in a sign how violent it's become an argument with a passerby ends with him being doused with gasoline and set on fire. Police firing off the tear gas in the heart of the bit district sending panicked residents running to shelter indoors. Students are at the heart of this protest and today at the Hong Kong polytechnic barricades are tossed in the air while others douse them in gasoline attempting to start a fire in a standoff with police that shows no sign of ending. I have to say these are dangerous escalations now with both sides using more and more violence. You can bet the Chinese leadership is watching this closely and, remember, beijing has already threatened if the Hong Kong authorities can't control the situation then they will. Amy. Volatile indeed. Thank you.
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