Hong Kong protesters have vowed to avenge the death of a student who died four days after falling out of a parking garage during police clashes.
The song of & # 39; Hong Kong people, revenge & # 39; and & # 39; A blood debt must be paid in blood & # 39; sounded during several memorial events in the city tonight, because mourners demanded truth and justice about his death. Some asked for a strike throughout the city.
Chow Tsz-Lok, 22, has been in a coma since being found unconscious in a pool of blood Monday. The young man died this morning.
In the parking garage in the Tseung Kwan O district, thousands waited in a long line to light candles and place white flowers and paper cranes where Chow fell. Some hugged each other in tears.
Anger: masked protesters raise their hands during a demonstration today at the University of Science and Technology where Chow Tsz-Lok was a student
There and in other areas, dozens of hard-demonstrators later blocked roads, lit street fires and destroyed metro stations. The riot police fired tear gas in at least two places. A police spokesman said an officer had fired a warning shot in the air after being surrounded by protesters in an area. Nobody was injured.
Earlier at lunchtime, about 1,000 masked protesters marched through the central business district and sang anti-police slogans. Dozens of people shouted abuse at various police officers and called them & # 39; killers & # 39 ;.
The riot police had fired tear gas just before Tsz-Lok fell, and although the nature of his fall is unclear, his death has fueled further anger over alleged police violence.
Today, protesters hurled abuse at police officers in Hong Kong's central district and called & # 39; killers & # 39; and demanded & # 39; revenge & # 39 ;.
Intervention: protesters are currently disrupting a graduation ceremony at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong
Fatality: a demonstrator is standing next to a photo of Chow Tsz-Lok, who has been in a coma since being found unconscious in a pool of blood on Monday
& # 39; His death reminds us that we cannot give up & # 39 ;, a demonstrator on local television said.
Some demonstrators wore white flowers and placards with the text: & # 39; Hong Kong is a police state. & # 39;
Chow & # 39; s angry classmates disrupted a graduation ceremony at the University of Science and Technology, where the 22-year-old student had been.
The ceremony was stopped and black-clad masked students turned the stage into a Chow memorial.
White flowers were laid under the stage when students announced plans to boycott the class for a week and demand the truth in Chow's death.
The university president wiped the tears away when he & # 39; the tragic & # 39; death on the second day of the convocation.
The student association said they would hold a vigil & evening while the university encouraged students to remain calm to & # 39; prevent further collisions and tragedies & # 39 ;.
Mourning: a man wipes the tears away while attending an improvised memorial for the 22-year-old student at the university, where protesters disrupted a graduation ceremony
Moment of silence: protesters are pausing on the university campus today after the student who fell from a parking garage during a collision with the police died in hospital this morning
Local media reported that Chow had been in a coma with brain injury since he was found Monday in a pool of blood on the second floor of the parking lot.
Minutes earlier, television footage showed how riot police fired tear gas at the building after objects were hurled at the street police.
It is feared that he has fled tear gas, but his fall was not recorded by security cameras.
The police also denied claims that officers pushed the victim down or delayed the emergency services.
The government expressed & # 39; great sorrow and regret & # 39; about the death of Chow despite surgery and treatment.
& # 39; The police have previously stated that they attach great importance to the incident and the unit of wrongdoing is now conducting an extensive investigation to find out what happened & # 39 ;, it said in a statement.
There were few fatalities in the midst of months of unrest with earlier reports of suicides and a man who died while hanging pro-democracy banners on a building.
Anger: A masked demonstrator is standing in front of a crowd of people holding placards against alleged police violence during months of protests in Hong Kong
Reminder: a man is holding a flower while participating in a memorial event. There were only a few fatalities amid the months of unrest
Last month, the police shot two teenagers with live bullets in separate incidents, but both recovered.
The protests were fueled by a bill that has since been abandoned that would have made extradition to China possible.
The bill raised fear of Beijing's influence in Hong Kong, despite the liberties that the city had guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Since then, the protests have grown into a broader uprising and a demand for more democracy, including direct elections for Hong Kong leaders.
Police tactics during the demonstrations have led to further anger and require an investigation into alleged brutality.
More than 3,300 people have been arrested and Beijing has indicated that it can strengthen its hold to suppress the unrest.
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