A university student who fell from a multi-storey car park in Hong Kong after police fired tear gas has died.
Chow Tsz-Lok, also called Alex, died on Friday morning after failing to come out of a coma which he fell into after suffering a brain injury in the early hours of Monday.
The 22-year-old Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) student suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 8.09am, a hospital official said.
His death prompted fresh anger as protesters, who claim police tactics contributed to his fall, attended Friday night vigils for Mr Chow, with further rallies planned over the weekend.
Mr Chow fell from the third floor of the car park in Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories onto the second floor during a protest against police violence.
Minutes before he was found in a pool of blood, television footage showed riot police firing tear gas at the building after objects were hurled at officers in the street who were chasing off a group of protesters.
Police did not rule out the possibility he was fleeing from tear gas but said they fired from a distance.
They also denied claims police pushed the victim and prevented an ambulance getting to the injured student for half-an-hour – which protesters have claimed.
The government expressed “great sorrow and regret” over Mr Chow’s death and police said they will call for a public inquest.
At the car park where Mr Chow fell, thousands waited in a long line to light candles and place white flowers and paper cranes at the spot where he fell.
Earlier in the day, about 1,000 masked protesters marched through central Hong Kong chanting anti-police slogans, with some shouting “murderers” at police officers.
Mr Chow’s death is the first to have happened during the more than five months of anti-government protests.
There have been reports of suicides prompted by the government’s inaction and a man fell to his death while hanging pro-democracy banners on a building.
Protesters and police are now used to injuries as the protests have ramped up, but nobody has died due to those injuries.
Leading youth activist Joshua Wong said Mr Chow’s death made protesters’ demands for an investigation into police conduct more crucial than ever.
“Reforming the Hong Kong police force has become a big demand in the society. Obviously, the Hong Kong police force has to be accountable for Chow’s death,” he told reporters outside a court.
Mr Chow’s colleagues at HKUST staged rallies this week and disrupted a graduation ceremony on Thursday.
University president Wei Shyy paused a graduation ceremony on Friday after hearing of Mr Chow’s death, crying as he asked students to stand up and observe a moment of silence.
The protests were first sparked by a bill which would have meant accused criminals could be extradited to mainland China to face trial.
It was formally scrapped on 23 October but Hong Kongers have continued to protest over what they see as Beijing’s creeping interference on legal and other rights guaranteed to Hong Kong for 50 years when Britain returned the former colony to China in 1997.
Should Trump be impeached? Voters are as split as politicians | US News
It was a fascinating end to a week of intense testimony.
Fiona Hill, the daughter of a British coal miner, started with a stark warning to those claiming that it was Ukraine and not Russia who meddled in the 2016 US election.
The former aide to then national security adviser John Bolton delivered a stern rebuke of lawmakers, and implicitly Donald Trump, for pushing a “fictional narrative”.
They were, she said, perpetuating a Putin lie and undermining public faith in American democracy.
Some Republicans on the intelligence committee, including ranking member Devin Nunes, continue to advance the idea that Russian interference was a “hoax”.
In Moscow, Vladimir Putin sounded almost gleeful with the fact that theory was getting such a public and official airing.
“Thank God,” he declared. “No one is accusing us of interfering in the US elections anymore. Now they’re accusing Ukraine.”
But Ms Hill – composed, robust and clearly concerned – told the hearing that Russia was busy gearing up to meddle in 2020 too.
She also provided a withering assessment of Gordon Sondland, the EU ambassador who, in a stunning U-turn on Wednesday, stated that there was definitely a quid pro quo and that “everyone was in the loop”.
Ms Hill said Mr Sondland had carried out a “domestic political errand” for Mr Trump while she and her colleagues were involved in “national security policy”.
She told House investigators that she came to realise he wasn’t simply operating outside official diplomatic channels, as some assumed, but was in fact carrying out instructions from Mr Trump.
Mr Sondland had admitted exactly that the day before.
Ms Hill and David Holmes, a state department adviser in Kiev, claimed it was abundantly clear that Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pursing political investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden in Ukraine.
She said she knew then it would “come back to haunt us”. She added that her former boss, Mr Bolton, had also expressed concern that a “drug deal” was being cooked up.
But he, like so many in the White House, has not testified.
You only have to step outside for a few minutes to see how differently the public viewed their pair.
One man declared her “elitist and “irrelevant”. Another woman called her “the very best of America”. It all comes down to who you believe.
As a long day drew to a close, Mr Nunes told the room that this was simply a “show trial”, driven by Democrats who had reached their verdict before they had even begun.
Today and throughout this impeachment process, Republicans have characterised the evidence as third-hand and third-rate.
Ms Hill was not on the July call that sparked this inquiry and she like so many others, they argue, should be discounted.
I would say up to half of those I have met in the long queues outside the hearing think the Republicans have a point.
Voters are just as split as those who are representing them.
So what next? Well, Democrats could file articles of impeachment before Christmas and hold a vote.
Given they have the majority, it is certainly looking like they would vote to impeach President Trump.
But it is also likely that the Republican-controlled Senate won’t vote to convict him.
It’s also absolutely plausible that he wins a second term.
The president’s supporters seemed almost resigned to the idea that he’ll be impeached, but also determined to keep him in office.
UK defies US over ‘illegal’ Israeli expansion into West Bank | World News
Britain has defied the US by urging Israel to stop its “counterproductive” expansion into the occupied West Bank.
The Foreign Office has waded into the debate after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the White House was softening its position on Israeli settlements in the territory.
It was the latest move from the Trump administration to anger Palestinians, as it weakened their claims to ownership of the state and put Washington at odds with other nations working to end the long-running conflict.
Responding to the change in policy, the Foreign Office said: “The position of the UK on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the viability of a two-state solution.
“We urge Israel to halt its counterproductive settlement expansion.”
The announcement by Mr Pompeo had angered Palestinians, with a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas claiming settlements are illegal under international law.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the US government had “lost credibility to play any future role in the peace process”.
Since becoming US president, Donald Trump has made a number of foreign policy decisions in favour of Israel.
The most controversial move was to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Middle Eastern country, angering those who labelled it a severe blow to the Middle East peace process.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly welcomed the support of Mr Trump, although his backing has done nothing to help him form a new government despite two elections this year.
In more bad news for Mr Netanyahu, he has been indicted on corruption charges including fraud and bribery.
The allegations include suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends – and offered to trade favours with a newspaper publisher.
Mr Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in three corruption cases and – in Donald Trump style – has previously dismissed the investigations into him as a “witch hunt”.
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