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Activist shot in Hong Kong anti-government protests

Activist shot in Hong Kong anti-government protests

An activist involved in anti-government protests in Hong Kong has been shot in the chest by police during a clash.

The incident came as thousands of people demonstrated in defiance of a protest ban for the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China.

Though people have been shot by rubber bullets in previous protests, this is the first injury from a live round.

In the Chinese capital Beijing, 15,000 soldiers paraded with advanced military hardware to mark the anniversary.

Nearly four months of protests in Hong Kong have challenged Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision of national unity.

Earlier, the Chinese flag was raised at a special ceremony in the territory. Security was tight and the 12,000 invited guests watched the event on a live video feed from inside a conference centre.

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