Hong Kong pro­tester dies

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Pro­test­ers walk along a de­bris-strewn street Fri­day in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong col­lege stu­dent who fell Mon­day from a park­ing garage dur­ing a clash be­tween pro-democ­racy pro­test­ers and po­lice died Fri­day. Thou­sands of peo­ple waited in line to light can­dles and place re­mem­brances at the park­ing garage. More pho­tos are avail­able at arkansason­line.com/119hongkon­g/.

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong univer­sity stu­dent who fell off a park­ing garage after po­lice fired tear gas dur­ing clashes with anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers died Fri­day in a rare fa­tal­ity in five months of un­rest, fu­el­ing more anger against au­thor­i­ties in the semi­au­tonomous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

The Hospi­tal Au­thor­ity said the 22-year-old man died Fri­day morn­ing, but didn’t pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. The gov­ern­ment ex­pressed “great sor­row and re­gret” over Chow Tsz-Lok’s death and po­lice said they will pro­pose a pub­lic in­quest.

At 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 at the spot where Chow fell.

Al­though the cause of his fall has not been de­ter­mined, it deep­ened anger against po­lice, who have been ac­cused of heavy-handed tac­tics in­clud­ing wide­spread use of tear gas and pep­per spray since the protests de­mand­ing demo­cratic changes started in June.

Chow had re­port­edly been in a coma with a brain in­jury since he was found early Mon­day sprawled in a pool of blood on the sec­ond floor of the build­ing. Po­lice be­lieved he plunged from an up­per floor but it wasn’t cap­tured on se­cu­rity cam­eras.

AP/DITA ALANGKARA

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