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POST TIME: 9 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
HK student’s death triggers fresh outrage
AFP, Hong Kong

HK student’s death triggers fresh outrage

Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march towards HKUST president Wei Shyy's lodge in Hong Kong yesterday, following the death earlier in the day of student Alex Chow, 22. AFP Photo

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

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.

“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.