China anniversary: Hong Kong protester shot by live round

Media captionFootage of the shooting shows the police officer fire one bullet at close range

An activist involved in anti-government protests in Hong Kong has been shot in the chest by police during a clash.

The incident came as thousands of people demonstrated in defiance of a protest ban for the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China.

Though people have been shot by rubber bullets in previous protests, this is the first injury from a live round.

In the Chinese capital Beijing, 15,000 soldiers paraded with advanced military hardware to mark the anniversary.

Nearly four months of protests in Hong Kong have challenged Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision of national unity.

Earlier, the Chinese flag was raised at a special ceremony in the territory. Security was tight and the 12,000 invited guests watched the event on a live video feed from inside a conference centre.

On what is being described by protesters as a “day of grief”, people took to the streets in central Hong Kong and at least six other districts, blocking roads in some areas.

Image caption Police detain demonstrators in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district

At least 51 people were injured…

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