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Protests Erupt After Hong Kong Student Dies

22-year-old fell after police fired tear gas
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2019 12:02 AM CST
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A protester stands near a photo of Chow Tsz-Lok during a memorial flash mob to remember him in Hong Kong on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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(Newser) – Protests erupted around Hong Kong Friday after the death of a 22-year-old student who had been in a coma since early Monday, when he fell from a parking garage during clashes between police and protesters. Alex Chow's classmates at the University of Science and Technology called for an investigation of the death, and of why it took paramedics at least 20 minutes to arrive, the BBC reports.

Chow reportedly fell as police fired tear gas into the parking garage and the surrounding area to disperse protesters, but police have denied involvement in the death. They have also denied delaying the ambulance. This is believed to be the first death directly linked to anti-government protests in the territory, though there have been rumors of other deaths after clashes, RTHK reports. (Read more Hong Kong stories.)

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