China calls Hong Kong protesters 'mobsters' after stabbing

Deputy head of liaison office of China's central gov't in HKSAR condemns escalating violence in Hong Kong - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Graduates attend a ceremony to pay tribute to Chow Tsz-lok, 22, a university student who fell during protests at the weekend and died early on Friday morning, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in Hong Kong.

Around 1,000 students, many with black masks, attended a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, with some banners that read "Hong Kong free, revolution now".

Both protesters and police have been hurt in the unrest that has roiled Hong Kong since June, but Chow is believed to be the first person to die as a result of injuries sustained during the demonstrations.

Protesters have thrown petrol bombs and vandalised banks, stores and metro stations, while police have fired rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannon and, in some cases, live ammunition in scenes of chaos. "Given the losses suffered by HK society in the past month, the gov must pay the price".

Calls emerged online for memorial events to mourn Mr Chow in multiple locations, including at the garage in the suburb where he fell.

Chow had been hospitalized with a severe brain injury since early Monday morning after he fell from a parking garage in the residential Tseung Kwan O neighborhood where police were attempting to disperse protesters.


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

Notices circulated on social media said students planned a march on Friday at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The exact reasons for Chow's fall, and whether the tear gas played any role, remain unclear, however.

They have also denied interfering with rescuers treating the student, or blocking the ambulance that took him to hospital.

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

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.

One of the key protest demands is an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.

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