Hong Kong student dies after fall during protest clash

Protest at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have vowed to secure justice for a university student who died Friday after falling from a vehicle park.

While there has been controversy in the past over the use of laser pointers, legislator James To said the court's ruling was the first to designate the tool as a weapon since protests broke out in June.

At the suburban garage where Mr Chow fell, thousands waited in a long line to light candles and place white flowers and paper cranes at the spot where he fell.

Activists also blocked roads and trashed subway station entrances, sparking cat and mouse confrontations with the police in multiple neighbourhoods. Police have fired rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannon and, in some cases, live ammunition.

During the five months of anti-government protests, deaths of certain protesters that were ruled suicide have fuelled the conspiracy theories of possible foul play by the police.

Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong said Hong Kong residents "mourn the loss of the freedom fighter in HK". "At a time when society is highly distrustful of the police, the coroner's court can take over to ensure a fair and transparent investigation".

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

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Chow was taken unconscious to hospital early on Monday morning following late-night clashes between police and protesters in a middle-class district.

Students also held a moment of silence to pray for a University of Science and Technology student who remained in critical condition after falling off a carpark building early Monday after police fired tear gas. Protesters were seen hurling objects from the building.

Thousands left flowers at the spot in which he fell at the vehicle park.

Chow Tse-lok, a 22-year-old, second-year student, fell from the Sheung Tak auto park's third floor onto the second floor.

The Hospital Authority said 22-year-old Chow Tsz-Lok died on Friday morning, and the government expressed "great sorrow and regret" over his death, while police said they will propose a public inquest.

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

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, at a regular press briefing, refused a reporter's question on the incident, saying, "This is not a diplomatic issue".

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Mr Chow had been pursuing a two-year undergraduate degree in computer science.

Dressed in formal graduation gowns, numerous students sang as they walked from a subway station to the ceremony site, asking the government to respond to protesters' demands that include universal suffrage.

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

Some went on to vandalise facilities, including the outside of Shyy's residence. "We will be outraged if there is no acceptable explanation offered to us".

The protests were sparked by a since-abandoned bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China.

Two pro-Beijing newspapers ran full-page ads, commissioned by "a group of Hong Kong people", calling for a postponement of the lowest-tier district council elections set for Nov.24, a move which would infuriate those calling for democracy.

One of the key protest demands is an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.

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