Media reports have suggested that a member of the Hong Kong police has shot a protester using live ammunition. The news has over-shadowed the celebrations and events across China to mark the seventieth anniversary of communist rule in the country.
Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement:
“Whilst there is no excuse for violence, the use of live ammunition is disproportionate, and only risks inflaming the situation. This incident underlines the need for a constructive dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the people of Hong Kong. We need to see restraint and a de-escalation from both protesters and the Hong Kong authorities.”