Reuters Backtracks on Claims Hong Kong Police ‘Threaten to Use Live Bullets’ Against Protesters

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Reuters backtracked on a report which claimed Hong Kong police threatened to use live bullets against violent protesters, Monday, stealthily removing any mention of the original claims.

The report, published on Sunday, was originally titled, “Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates,” and made the claim that police had “threatened on Monday to fire live bullets if ‘rioters’ did not stop using lethal weapons in the latest flare up in anti-government protests.”

The claims in Reuters’ report were quickly shared by AXIOS Media’s Jonathan Swan and other journalists.

However on Monday, the title was changed to, “At embattled Hong Kong university, a dramatic escape,” with any reference
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