Hong Kong protests: Teen shot by police on National Day charged with rioting and assault

Hong Kong protests: Teen shot by police on National Day charged with rioting and assault

Tsang Chi-kin is recovering from emergency surgery in Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was not expected to appear in court

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Tsang Chi-kin was charged at Sha Tin Court on Thursday.
Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong

The Form Five student who was shot in the chest by police during the protests on Tuesday has been charged with rioting and assaulting police. 

Tsang Chi-kin, who is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a bullet from his chest, was not expected to appear in Sha Tin Court on Thursday.

Tsang has been transferred from the intensive care unit to a cardiothoracic surgery ward.

Sit-ins held for student shot on National Day

His lawyer, Ng Gene-bond, was seen on that ward on Thursday morning but declined to comment.

The teenager was one of seven men aged between 18 and 38 who have been charged with one joint count of taking part in a riot, according to police.

Tsang was also charged with two counts of assaulting police.

Protesters held a flash mob rally at Chater Garden in Central on Wednesday to show support for Tsang Chi-kin.
Photo: SCMP / Sam Tsang

The teenager was the first demonstrator to be shot with live ammunition since mass protests first broke out in the city in June.

On Tuesday, police also fired another five live rounds on three other occasions.

The seven suspects were among 269 people who were arrested for various offences on National Day, of those 93 were students.

In Hong Kong, rioting carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

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