rotesters in Hong Kong have taken to the street yet again following the tragic death of a student who fell from a car park during a demonstration earlier this week.
The circumstances surrounding the death of 22-year-old Chow Tsk-lok, a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student, remain contentious and unconfirmed. He is believed to have fallen one story at a car park in Tseung Kwan O in Kowloon in the early morning hours of Monday while clashes between police and protesters raged on nearby.
He suffered brain damage in the fall, remaining in critical condition at a local hospital until dying of a heart attack early on Friday morning. He becomes the first person to die during a demonstration in the more than five months of pro-democracy protests that have rocked the former British colony.
Some protesters have alleged that Chow died while escaping from police or that he fell after being hit with police tear gas.
However, there has been no evidence that anyone chased Chow into the parking garage or that police hit the car park with tear gas. Police were conducting a dispersal operation about 130 meters away, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and beanbag rounds. Surveillance footage released from the garage fails to show Chow’s fall or any sign of tear gas.
It remains a mystery why Chow was in the car park and why he fell.
Still, despite the lack of evidence, many protesters are holding police responsible for Chow’s untimely death. In a subsequent “citizen’s press conference,” protesters declared: “In this tragic moment, we plead to all to bear in heart and mind who the real culprits behind Tsz-lok’s death were. His fall was not an unfortunate accident. It was an intentional manslaughter executed by tyranny and the police force.”
Throughout Friday rallies and remembrances have held across the city with protesters mourning Chow’s death amid calls for “revenge” and a full accounting of “police brutality.”
HKUST president Wei Shyy wipes away tears after asking for a moment of silence over the death of student Chow Tsz-lok
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— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) November 8, 2019
The Kwun Tong students' rally is one of the rare events on Friday evening to have received a police letter of no objection, and will go on into the evening.
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) November 8, 2019
business These HKUST students blame Hong Kong's police for the death of Chow Tsz-lok (#周梓樂).
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Protest leaders like Joshua Wong have called on Hongkongers to come out in full force on Saturday, wearing black clothing and masks to support Chow’s memory, setting up for another rough weekend in Hong Kong.
🇭🇰 "No matter how they prosecute activists, we will continue our fight in such uphill battle."
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