At the financial Central district in Hong Kong

Office workers stand behind umbrellas as they attend a flash mob anti-government protest after police fired tear gas at the financial Central district in Hong Kong, China, on Monday.

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday condemned “unjustified use of deadly force” in the latest Hong Kong violence and urged police and civilians alike to deescalate the situation, a senior Trump administration official said.

The U.S. statement came after Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on fire in violence that prompted leader Carrie Lam to denounce “enemies of the people.”

“Hong Kong police and civilians alike have a responsibility to deescalate and avoid violent confrontations,” the U.S. administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, after a weekend of stepped-up clashes in pro-democracy protests across the Chinese-ruled territory, a former British colony.

Sunday, January 19, 2020