Hong Kong protester shot by police is charged with rioting

NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

An 18-year-old protester who was shot by police during demonstrations in Hong Kong has been charged with rioting and assaulting an officer.

Tony Tsang took a bullet in the left shoulder as he fought a police officer with a metal pipe on Tuesday.

Police said it was an act of self-defence and urged the government to impose a curfew in a bid to curb the escalating violence.

The 18-year-old is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Thousands took to the streets on Thursday to denounce the shooting of Tony Tsang.

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