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Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 09:29
Man set on fire still in critical condition
By ​China Daily
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 09:29 By ​China Daily

Man set on fire after spat with rioter (Nov 11, 2019)

A man who was doused with flammable liquid and set alight by radical protesters in Hong Kong on Monday was still in critical condition, a spokesman for the Hospital Authority said on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old man suffered more than 40 percent burns and is under close medical supervision in the intensive care unit.

Police have classified the case as attempted murder, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. They are also appealing for any witnesses to come forward and provide information on the incident.

The spokesman also said that a protester who was shot with live ammunition in the Sai Wan Ho area on Monday morning had his medical condition downgraded from critical to serious on Tuesday. A traffic police officer, who shot and wounded the black-clad rioter during a scuffle, had acted in "a split second" to protect his life, as well as those of others, when the protester tried to snatch his gun, according to Hong Kong police.

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