By Helene Fung
A 22 year old Hong Kong University of Science and Technology computer science student, Tsz-lok Chow, became the first official casualty whose death maybe directly linked to confrontation between protesters and the local police.
Mr Chow was seriously injured from falling from a car park’s third floor onto the second floor last Sunday, soon after police fired tear gas nearby to disperse gathered crowds.
He remained in critical conditions for the past week, but had a cardiac arrest on Friday morning, and died at 8:09am.
By Friday lunch time, flash mobs gathered at multiple locations across Hong Kong, many of them fighting back tears as they marched through the streets and to mourn Mr Chow’s death.
Because it’s taken 19 minutes before the ambulance arrived at the scene, there were accusations that the Hong Kong Police blocked and delayed the ambulance’s arrival; because the car park had relatively high barriers, conspiracy theorists also suggested that Mr Chow might have fallen off because he’d been pursued by the police.
The police denied both accusations.