man fell to his death after protesting from atop construction scaffolding outside a mall in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district on Saturday.
Described as about 30 years old in local media reports, the unnamed man, clad in a yellow raincoat with the words “Carrie Lam kills Hong Kong” had climbed up the scaffolding Saturday afternoon and threatened to jump.
He unfurled a banner which demanded for the total withdrawal of the extradition bill, the release of students and the resignation of the chief executive.
Hong Kong legislator Roy Kwong and other concerned onlookers gathered around to urge him not to jump and to join them in Sunday’s protests instead.
After a protracted standoff, the man climbed over the scaffolding and fell about 20 metres onto the concrete below, missing the inflatable cushion that the fire services department had earlier set up.
Rescuers rushed the man to hospital, but he was certified dead shortly afterwards.
As an image purporting to be the protestor circulated rapidly online, showing him at an earlier demonstration inconsolable and in tears, netizens pronounced him a “martyr” and calls were made to fulfil his last wishes as expressed on his protest banner.
— 最緊要鍵康 (@keyboardwah) June 15, 2019
【R.I.P. Raincoat Boy】
A young life passed away for HongKong tonight. I don‘t know your name my bro. But you will be known and you will be remembered, always！This drawing is for you. There is #NoChinaExtradition in heaven.
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) June 15, 2019
Mourners soon began to gather at Pacific Place, leaving flowers and cards at the scene of his death.
Flowers and mourning notes are left where a man in yellow raincoat fell to death after putting on #AntiExtraditionBill banners atop Pacific Place Mall in Admiralty on Sat nite. Reverend Chu Yiu-ming arrived after midnight to lay a flower. pic.twitter.com/LFvaqbNpuc
— Xinqi Su (@XScmp) June 15, 2019
Outside Pacific Place, a few dozens of people, many in black, are still solemnly singing and quietly sobbing. It's a powerful scene. RIP. pic.twitter.com/oA6AJhPAT2
— Shirley Zhao (@shirleyZhaoXY) June 15, 2019
Unsatisfied by chief executive’s announcement of the suspension of the extradition bill on Saturday, protest leaders have vowed to move ahead with Sunday’s planned protest to demand for total and complete withdrawal of the bill.
The fallen hero made these demands: Kill the extradition bill. Peaceful #HongKongProtests were not riots. Release student protesters arrested in medical facilities. Carrie Lam step down. Help #HongKong #NoExtraditionToChina Make love, don't shoot. #RIP See you on Sunday June 16 pic.twitter.com/R7ekIx1KO5
— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) June 15, 2019
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)