Kari Lam, leader of the anti-Hong Kong campaign, urged residents of the city to avoid engaging in illegal activities, as protests on Monday took a violent turn involving the shooting of a protesting and burning counter-protestor.  Lam told protesters that their demand for democracy was outstripped by violence, Reuters reported.
Protests began in June over a canceled plan to allow extradition in mainland China, but turned into a movement seeking other demands, including a direct election for Hong Kong leaders, and an investigation into police behavior.
Many also believe that China is slowly interfering with the freedoms guaranteed by Hong Kong when the British colony regained control of China in 1
Media accounts indicate that
The man set on fire around noon is in a critical condition at a city hospital. A video posted online shows him arguing with a group of young people before someone spills him with a lighter.
Police were also videotaped as protesters blocked train lines and roads during a morning commute to push for democratic reform calls.
A video posted to Facebook by a video producer, Cupid Producer, shows that a police officer is being held up by one protestor and then at first sight another shoots another who approaches.
Hong Kong Hospital says the man shot dead is in critical condition.
Reuters reported that police fired live ammunition at protesters in the eastern city area.
Violence is likely to fuel even more passion after a student died Friday from wounds suffered in an earlier fall and police arrested six Democrats over the weekend.
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Talia Kaplan and Associated Press contributed to this report