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HK student killed in police clash

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Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall are unclear and disputed, his death is the first student fatality during five months of demonstrations.

Protesters, who have made alleged police brutality one of their movement’s rallying cries, responded to Chow’s death with tearful vigils on Friday night and calls for fresh rallies over the weekend.

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Protesters lay flowers near a banner which reads "From all of us – God bless Chow Tsz-Lok" to pay homage to Chow at the site where he fell in Hong Kong. Picture: APSource:AP

“Today we mourn the loss of a freedom fighter in Hong Kong,” Joshua Wong, a prominent pro-democracy campaigner, said on Twitter.

“The atmosphere in Hong Kong is like a ticking bomb,” added Lo Kin-hei, a local pro-democracy councillor and activist. “HKers don’t trust the police will give us the truth.”

Police have repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing in relation to Chow’s death.

The lead officer in the case, Superintendent Ewing Wu, again insisted on Friday that police were not at fault.

“As for the allegations that police chased the deceased or that we pushed him and caused him to fall, the police hereby make a solemn statement again that nothing of the kind happened,” Wu told reporters.

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Protesters light candles to pay homage to Chow Tsz-Lok at the site where he fell during an earlier protest in Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong. Picture: APSource:AP

Chow was taken to hospital early on Monday morning following clashes between police and protesters in the middle-class district of Tseung Kwan O.

He was certified dead by the hospital on Friday morning after failing to emerge from a coma.

Chow had been found lying unconscious in a pool of blood inside a multistorey car park that police had fired tear gas towards.

Protesters had been hurling objects from the building, in the type of confrontation that has become routine in late-night rallies over recent months.

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People participate in a vigil at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for student Alex Chow, 22. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

By Friday evening, the car park had become a makeshift memorial with hundreds lining up to lay flowers, light candles and stick multi-coloured notes carrying messages on the wall.

“I think there should be an independent inquiry commission to investigate his death and other incidents happened during the movement,” a 23-year-old student, who gave her surname Ho and said she attended Chow’s university, told AFP.

Police have acknowledged that tear gas had been used Sunday night to disperse protesters near the car park where Chow fell.

Wu, the lead investigator, confirmed on Friday that police entered the car park twice to contain the protesters but said that officers were not inside when Chow fell.

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Protesters light candles to pay homage to Chow Tsz-Lok at the site where he fell in Hong Kong. Picture: APSource:AP

Wu and a police spokeswoman also rejected accusations that officers delayed paramedics getting to the scene.

“At this stage, we are investigating the cause of Chow’s death instead of investigating police officers,” Wu said.

The Hong Kong government expressed “great sorrow and regret” on Friday over Chow passing away.

In Beijing, foreign affairs ministry Geng Shuang declined to comment directly when asked about Chow’s death.

“This isn’t a diplomatic question so I suggest you ask the relevant government department. I will just say this: stopping the violence, eliminating disorder, and restoring order is Hong Kong’s most urgent task,” Geng told reporters.

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A protester holds a flower and candle to pay homage to Chow Tsz-Lok in Hong Kong Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Chow, a Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality after five months of unrest, fuelling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Source:AP

Chow was a student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The college held its graduation ceremony Friday morning, and university head Wei Shyy paused the proceedings to announce Chow’s death.

After the ceremony was cut short, hundreds of students gathered to mourn Chow’s passing and condemn what they described as police brutality.

“Hindering rescuers is attempted murder!” Student chanted as they marched at the campus.

Shyy later released a statement to students backing calls for an independent inquiry.

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People light candles and hold flowers during a vigil at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for student Alex Chow, 22. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“We will be outraged if there is no acceptable explanation offered to us,” he wrote.

Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets since June in the greatest challenge to China’s rule of the city since its handover from the British in 1997.

China governs Hong Kong under a special “one country, two systems” framework that is meant to give the city more freedoms and liberties than on the mainland.

But public anger has been building for years over a belief that Beijing is eroding those freedoms, especially since President Xi Jinping came to power.

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People light candles and hold flowers during a vigil at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for student Alex Chow, 22. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The protests were triggered by a government effort to introduce a law allowing extraditions of criminal suspects to mainland China.

Hong Kong’s government belatedly withdrew the plan but not before the protest movement escalated into wider calls for democracy.

Protesters are demanding fully free elections to choose the city’s leader, as well as an investigation into alleged abuses by police.

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