Hong Kong student dies after fall during protest clash

Protest at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Protest at Chinese University of Hong Kong

A graduate wears a Guy Fawkes mask during a ceremony to pay tribute to Chow Tsz-lok, 22, a university student who fell during protests at the weekend and died early on Friday morning, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in Hong Kong.

The man was found on Monday on the third level of a parking facility in a residential district of the Kowloon Peninsula.

He was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood inside a auto park that police had fired tear gas into after protesters hurled objects from the building.

Protesters have alleged that Chow fell because he was forced to climb onto the ledge of the multi-storey auto park to escape multiple tear gas rounds fired into the building by police. You can sign up to receive it directly here. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

Last weekend anti-government protesters crowded a shopping mall in running clashes with police that saw a man slash people with a knife and bite off part of the ear of a local politician. His death is expected to spark fresh protests and escalate public outcry against the police force, which is already accused of using excessive force in its bid to quell the city's worst political crisis in decades.

The long-running protests were triggered by a now-shelved extradition bill to mainland China, but have extended todemands for direct elections and an independent investigation into alleged police brutality. Police also denied claims that officers pushed the victim down and had delayed emergency services.

He was a student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and was on a two-year undergraduate course at the computer science department. The university president dabbed away tears as he announced Chow's "tragic" death Friday on the second day of the convocation, with the audience standing to observe a moment of silence. Some carried white flowers and placards that read "Hong Kong is a police state".

The student union said they would hold another vigil in the evening while the university urged students to stay calm to "avoid further clashes and tragedy".

The root of the outrage of many protesters is what they see as the Chinese interference with Hong Kong's promised freedoms.

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