A student of a university in Hong Kong who fell during a weekend protest died early Friday morning, hospital authorities said, setting the stage for a fresh wave of self-governing territorial demonstrations this coming weekend.
The students' union of the University of Science and Technology of Hong Kong says the man is a 22-year-old surname Chow who is a two-year undergraduate in the computer science department. In some reports, he was identified as Alex Chow and Chow Tsz-lok.
The South China Morning Post reported that he died of cardiac arrest after being in a coma since early Monday morning.
The student is believed to have collapsed in the early hours of Monday in Tseung Kwan O's New Territory district, as police attempted to evict protesters with rounds of tear gas.
Chow was later found unconscious in a pool of blood inside a car park where police fired tear gas after protesters threw objects from the building. the victim.
Police officials acknowledged that tear gas was used to disperse protesters near the car park, but only said there was little gas in the air when emergency responders found Chow.
The exact circumstances of how Chow was injured are unclear but he embraced the five-month protest movement.
Alex Chow, a HKUST student who fell from a carpet 4 days ago, has disappeared. She was only 22, and had a pretty long future ahead of her. https://t.co/EeNu6YSrnkkley19459003] – LO Kin-hei 羅健熙 (@lokinhei) November 8, 2019
In a social media post, pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong said Hong Kong residents are "mourning the loss of HK's freedom fighter. "  "We will not leave anyone behind – what we start, we will end up together. Due to the losses suffered by HK society last month, gov must pay the price."
Protesters later called Hong Kong. broad vigils honoring Chow.
Rage in Beijing
Meanwhile, China stabbed protesters, calling them "mobsters", after a pro-Beijing lawmaker was injured in a stabbing. A bouquet approached pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho on Wednesday morning as the politician campaigned in his constituency near the Chinese border.
The attack was "not only a serious criminal act but also pure election violence," Xu Luying, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the central gov of China ernment, said on Thursday, according to official Xinhua news agency.
Xu claimed that Hong Kong protesters "aimed at creating a 'chilling effect" by threatening and intimidating their candidates and their supporters ", to" affect elections. results of district councils and realized their purpose in seizing political power.
Xu also called for "strong sanctions" against violence in Hong Kong and for a "fair, just, safe and environment "for district elections, set to be held on November 24.
The hub of global finance has been shaken for five months by massive and increasingly violent protests calling for more democratic independence and police accountability a political solution to protesters' grievances, violence erupted on both sides of the ideological split.
In October, Wong, the leader of the pro-democracy, was banned al from wrestling in a chair. at the upcoming polls.
An election official ruled that the concept of self-determination advocated by Wong's party, Demosisto, was in conflict with the By-Laws, Hong Kong's mini-constitution.