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Hong Kong student's death after fall fuels more outrage against authorities

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Protest at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Protesters hold up their hands to represent their five demands during a makeshift memorial for Chow Tsz-Lok at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

Police officials have acknowledged that tear gas had been used to disperse protesters near the vehicle park where Chow fell on Sunday night.

"There must be an urgent investigation into the events which led up to Chow Tsz-lok's fall, including into allegations that officers delayed an ambulance crew who were attempting to reach him".

At the end of a week of convocations and celebrations on university campuses in Hong Kong, the death of a student protester on Friday morning cast a pall and halted the ceremony at his alma mater.

"It was an intentional manslaughter executed by tyranny and the police force".

Minutes earlier, television footage showed riot police firing tear gas at the building after objects were hurled down at the officers in the street when they chased off a mob.

"Today we mourn the loss of a freedom fighter in Hong Kong", prominent Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said on Twitter.

At the University of Science and Technology, Chow's schoolmates staged rallies this week and on Thursday disrupted the graduation ceremony.

The student died of cardiac arrest: HospitalQueen Elizabeth Hospital confirmed that Alex Chow, a computer science undergraduate of the University of Science and Technology, was certified dead at 8.09 AM on Friday.

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.

A Hong Kong student has died after falling during protests on Monday - sparking impromptu protests and vigils from pro-democracy activists. On October 1, police shot a protester in the chest with a live round and another in the leg on October 4, but both recovered.

Others across the semiautonomous region saw the young man's death as a grim new item on their list of grievances against Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government.

The university issued a statement saying it was deeply saddened by Chow's death and it expressed its deepest sympathy to his family, adding that it would offer them all necessary support, the broadcaster reported.

The court ruling came a day after Chinese Vice Premier Han Zhen said restoring order in Hong Kong is the responsibility of all three branches of government including the judiciary, following talks with the city's embattled leader, Carrie Lam.

Roughly five months since massive protests first spread through Hong Kong, unrest has flared anew after a student died of injuries sustained during a protest.

Many students also wore masks and held up banners.

A 23-year-old student, who said she attended the same university as Mr Chow, told AFP news agency: "I think there should be an independent inquiry commission to investigate his death and other incidents that happened during the movement".

More than 3,300 people have been detained amid mounting violence, and Beijing has indicated it will tighten its grip on the territory to quell the unrest.

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