Tuesday 12 November 2019

Students trash own university following death of protester in Hong Kong

Students 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 (HKUST) on November 08, 2019. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images
Students 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 (HKUST) on November 08, 2019. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images

Anna Kam

Hong Kong students attacked their own university and clashed with police as anger erupted following the death of a protester.

Demonstrators trashed a campus branch of Starbucks and vandalised part of the residence of the school's president as the university came under pressure to condemn police accused of chasing a student before he fell to his death.

Chow Tsz-lok (22) became the first student to die in five months of protests, after he succumbed to injuries sustained on Monday.

The circumstances leading up to Mr Chow's fall remain unclear, though police say he was believed to have fallen from a parking deck while officers dispersed protesters and fired tear gas.

Police have refuted allegations that officers had been chasing Mr Chow when he fell.

Pressure has been building on universities to take a public stance and condemn police for alleged brutality against demonstrators.

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