October 1, 2019 / 2:00 PM / 16 days ago

UK says use of live ammunition in Hong Kong is disproportionate

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday that the use of live ammunition by Hong Kong police was disproportionate, after a teenage demonstrator was shot.

“Whilst there is no excuse for violence, the use of live ammunition is disproportionate, and only risks inflaming the situation,” Raab said in a statement.

“This incident underlines the need for a constructive dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the people of Hong Kong. We need to see restraint and a de-escalation from both protesters and the Hong Kong authorities.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Michael Holden

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