1000’s in Hong Kong held vigils on Friday evening for a pupil who died from a fall throughout current protester clashes with police, triggering contemporary outrage from the pro-democracy motion.
Though the exact chain of occasions resulting in 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall final weekend is unclear and disputed, his dying on Friday morning was the primary pupil fatality throughout the 5 months of demonstrations.
Protesters have made alleged police brutality certainly one of their motion’s rallying cries and have seized on the dying. On the spot the place Mr. Chow fell, hundreds queued for hours in snaking traces to put flowers, mild candles and write condolence messages.
“Today we mourn the loss of a freedom fighter in Hong Kong,” Joshua Wong, a outstanding pro-democracy campaigner, stated on Twitter.
“The atmosphere in Hong Kong is like a ticking bomb,” added Lo Kin-hei, an area pro-democracy councillor and activist. “HKers don’t trust the police will give us the truth.”
The police have repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing in relation to Mr. Chow’s dying. The lead officer within the case, Superintendent Ewing Wu, once more insisted on Friday that police weren’t at fault.
“As for the allegations that police chased the deceased or that we pushed him and caused him to fall, the police hereby make a solemn statement again that nothing of the kind happened,” Mr. Wu informed reporters. “At this stage, we are investigating the cause of Chow’s death instead of investigating police officers,” Mr. Wu stated.
The Hong Kong authorities expressed “great sorrow and regret” on Friday over the incident. In Beijing, the Overseas Affairs Ministry declined to remark straight however stated “eliminating disorder” was Hong Kong’s most pressing process