Memorials and protests in HK after student death


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Memorials were held across Hong Kong on Friday following the death of a university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters.

22 YEAR OLD Chow Tsz-Lok died, in a rare fatality, fueling more anger in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory after five months of unrest.

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 protests demanding democratic reforms started in June.

Hundreds of angry masked protesters marched through the busy central district at lunchtime, chanting "Disband the police force," ''Hong Kong people, revenge" and "A blood debt must be paid in blood."

Some carried white flowers and placards that read "Stop police shooting in execution-style."

Speaking outside court, Joshua Wong said there was a general demand for the Hong Kong police force to be "reformed", saying the officers had to be "accountable" for the death of a student protester.

Wong was appearing in court alongside his fellow activist Agnes Chow for a hearing over their alleged role in an unauthorised protest outside a police station on June 21. Chow accused the government of ignoring police brutality during the protests.

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