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First death reported in Hong Kong protests

First death reported in Hong Kong protests”

Hong Kong's government said it was "deeply saddened" and offered condolences to Chow's family in a statement responding to media inquiries about his death.

A Hong Kong student who sustained head injuries when he fell during clashes with police died on Friday, triggering a fresh wave of outrage from the pro-democracy movement and fears of more violent unrest.

On Thursday, Chow's classmates at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), decried the police as they disrupted a graduation ceremony and chanted protest slogans.

A police spokesperson confirmed that tear gas had been fired near the vehicle park where protesters and officers clashed.

Chow was taken to hospital in an unconscious state in the early hours of Monday morning following late-night clashes between police and protesters.

A hospital official, identified only as Chow, sad the youth died Friday morning but couldn't give further details.

"Today we mourn the loss of the freedom fighter in HK".

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Protesters held a memorial for Chow before a lunchtime rally in the city center Friday, and calls for "flash mob"-style demonstrations marking his death were trending on online protester forums. Given the losses suffered by HK society in the past month, the gov must pay the price", he tweeted".

Lai added that the university would hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m., in addition to an evening memorial at the auto park where Chow fell.

Police told reporters Tuesday that Chow was found unconscious after falling 13 feet from the third to the second story of the auto park early Monday morning between 12:45 and 1 a.m. The exact reasons for Chow's fall, and whether the tear gas played any role, remain unclear, however.

The protests were sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill to mainland China that many sees as Beijing's creeping interference on legal and other rights guaranteed to Hong Kong when the former British colony returned under Chinese rule in 1997.

She said the midday rally was about showing that Hong Kong people "have not let go" of grievances that have fueled months of protest.

Protesters have issued a list of demands, including fully free elections to choose the city's leader and an investigation into alleged abuses by police.



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