Hong Kong scholar who fell throughout protests dies, contemporary unrest possible

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HONG KONG (Information) – A scholar at a Hong Kong college who fell throughout protests on the weekend died early on Friday morning, marking the primary scholar dying throughout the anti-government demonstrations which have roiled town and set the stage for contemporary unrest.

A member of the medical workers enters the Intensive Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital that handled the college scholar who fell throughout a protest in Hong Kong, China November eight, 2019. Information/Thomas Peter

The Hospital Authority confirmed that Chow Tsz-lok, 22, an undergraduate scholar on the Hong Kong College of Science and Expertise, had died of accidents.

Chow’s dying is predicted to spark contemporary protests and gasoline anger and resentment in opposition to the police, who’re already underneath immense stress amid accusations of extreme pressure as town grapples with its worst political disaster in a long time.

Demonstrators had thronged the hospital over this week to wish for Chow, leaving flowers and a whole lot of get nicely messages on partitions and spot boards contained in the constructing. College students additionally staged rallies at universities throughout the previous British colony.

“Get up quickly. Keep in mind we have to meet underneath the LegCo,” mentioned one message, referring to the territory’s Legislative Council, one of many targets of the protest rallies. “There are nonetheless numerous issues so that you can expertise in your life.”

One other learn: “Please add oil and keep nicely,” a slogan which means “preserve your energy up” that has change into a rallying cry of the protest motion.

College students and younger individuals have been on the forefront of the a whole lot of 1000’s who’ve taken to the streets since June to press for higher democracy, amongst different calls for, and rally in opposition to perceived Chinese language meddling within the Asian monetary hub.

The circumstances of how Chow obtained his accidents had been unclear however police mentioned he was believed to have fallen from one flooring to a different in a car parking zone throughout weekend crowd dispersal operations in a district east of the Kowloon peninsula.

The protests, ignited by a now-scrapped extradition invoice for individuals to be despatched to mainland China for trial, have developed into wider requires democracy, posing one of many largest challenges for Chinese language President Xi Jinping since he took cost in 2012.

Protesters have thrown petrol bombs and vandalized banks, shops and metro stations, whereas police have fired rubber bullets, tear fuel, water cannon and, in some circumstances, stay ammunition in scenes of chaos.

In June, Marco Leung, 35, fell to his dying from development scaffolding after unfurling banners in opposition to the extradition invoice. A number of younger individuals who have taken their very own lives in latest months have been linked to the protests.

FRESH RALLIES

Notices circulated on social media previous to Chow’s dying mentioned college students deliberate a march on Friday on the Hong Kong College of Science and Expertise. Others known as for individuals to rally at 1200 GMT on the web site the place Chow fell.

Faculties additionally plan a rally within the jap district of Kwun Tong, protesters mentioned in ads.

Protests scheduled over the weekend embrace ‘Purchasing Sunday’ centered on distinguished purchasing malls, a few of which have beforehand descended into chaos as riot police stormed areas crowded with households and youngsters.

FILE PHOTO: A scholar from the Hong Kong College of Science and Expertise holds up an indication throughout a discussion board on fellow injured scholar Chow in Hong Kong, China, November 6, 2019. Information/Shannon Stapleton

Final weekend, anti-government protesters crowded a shopping center in working clashes with police that noticed a person slash individuals with a knife and chew off a part of the ear of an area politician.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 underneath a “one nation, two methods” method, permitting it colonial freedoms not loved on the mainland, together with an impartial judiciary and the proper to protest.

China denies interfering in Hong Kong and has blamed Western international locations for stirring up hassle.

Reporting by Jessie Pang, Clare Jim, Felix Tam, Anne Marie Roantree, Writing by Farah Grasp; Modifying by Raju Gopalakrishnan