Hong Kong protests: Teenager shot by police officer in Yuen Long charged with rioting

  • The 14-year-old was arrested in October of last year after violence broke out on Castle Peak Road
  • The force said that a petrol bomb was thrown at the officer, who fired the round in self-defence
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The 14-year-old is due in court on charges of rioting and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent. Photo: SCMP/ Winson Wong

A 14-year-old boy shot with a live round fired by Hong Kong police during an anti-government demonstration last year has been charged with rioting for his alleged role in the protest.

The teen also faces a count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is due to appear at Fanling Court on Tuesday.

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He was arrested after violence broke out during social unrest in Yuen Long on the evening of October 4, when a group of protesters were said to have targeted a plain-clothes officer on Castle Peak Road.

Police said previously that the officer had fallen to the ground and fired a live round in self-defence when he was set upon by a group of protesters. 

The force added that a petrol bomb was thrown at the officer, setting him on fire. While trying to evade the flames, the officer dropped his pistol and its magazine on the ground.