Hong Kong Police shot a pro-democracy protestor in the chest Today as violent clashes erupted across the city hours.

It was the first such injury from a live round in nearly four months of increasingly violent protests.

Running battles raged for hours across multiple locations, with some hardcore protesters hurling rocks and Molotov Cocktails, while Police responded for the most part with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon.

Many of the fights in the city were especially fierce with Police in one district having corrosive liquid thrown at them and officers in another area retreating into a town hall from projectile-throwing crowds.