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Police defend warning shot as Hong Kong divide widens

A policeman's gun was dropped on the floor, left, after clashed with demonstrators on a street during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Lawmakers on each side of Hong Kong's political divide say the other side bears responsibility after violence during anti-government protests over the weekend. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Summary

Hong Kong police defended pulling out their guns and firing a warning shot during anti-government protests


Lawmakers on both sides of the city's divide are pointing the finger at the other for ongoing violence


Protests started in early June with the now-suspended extradition bill; demonstrations have since expanded


HONG KONG — Hong Kong police on Monday defended pulling out their guns and firing a warning shot during anti-government protests over the weekend, and lawmakers on each side of the city’s political divide said the other side bears responsibility for the violence.

Assistant Police Commissioner Mak Chin-ho said one officer fired into the air and six held up their revolvers after protesters charged them repeatedly with metal poles, long sticks and road signs on Sunday night.

“Their use of force was indeed necessary and reasonable,” he told a news conference at police headquarters.