Hong Kong’s rule of law has been pushed to the brink of “total collapse” after more than five months of protests, police have warned.
The warning came a day after the territory saw a marked escalation in violence, with police shooting one activist in the torso.
A pro-Beijing supporter was later set on fire by anti-government protesters.
Protesters continued to clash with police on Tuesday in the central business district and at universities.
According to reports, hundreds of masked protesters were seen throwing bricks and other objects, while police used tear gas to force them back.
But there were also thousands of office workers out on the streets, peacefully chanting: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong!”
Schools to close for safety
Dozens of local and international schools across Hong Kong said they would close on Tuesday with some telling parents on text messages it was due to safety concerns.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said despite the unrest, there would be no blanket suspension of all schools.
The protests started in June against a now-withdrawn plan to allow extradition to mainland China, but have since morphed into wider demonstrations, with activists demanding greater democracy and police accountability in Hong Kong.