Transcript for Protests in Hong Kong grow dangerous as shots of live ammunition can be heard
Now to the violence chaos erupting on the streets of Hong Kong. Police in riot gear clashing with pro-democracy demonstrators. The situation on the brink of spiraling out of control. Here's Ian Pannell, in the thick of it all. Reporter: Tonight, anarchy on the streets of Hong Kong. Protesters charging at police with sticks and umbrellas. And then listen. That's the sound of live ammunition, used for the first time since the three-month fight for the future of this city erupted. Police firing that warning shot, then pointing their weapons directly at demonstrators. One officer losing control with an unarmed protester. Water cannons deployed. This weekend has seen a sharp escalation in violence. They have given warnings to the crowd, they are now going ahead. Bringing an end to almost two weeks of calm here. Today, police launching a relentless barrage of tear gas. There's more tear gas canisters being brought forward as some of the protesters are literally picking them up and trying to throw them back. Forcing us to take cover. Move, move, move. The air thick with smoke. And anger on both sides. This is certainly the worst situation we've seen, the most violence, the most tear gas, and the most resistance from the protesters. The question now is how long will China tolerate these and just across the border, Chinese troops, some dressed in civilian clothes. Appearing to role play protesters. Staging drills, armored trucks by the stadium. Showing they are able to move in if Hong Kong police lose control. Ian, you were showing how the situation there is escalating further? Reporter: That's right. The Chinese have warned if Hong Kong can't control the situation, they certainly will. And it seems that something changed this weekend. If the violence continues or even escalates, the chances of seeing Chinese troops crossing over the border will only grow. Ian, thank you. Here in the U.S., we move on
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