Protesters Gather in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan to Chant and Pay Respects to Fallen Student Activist

Protesters gathered in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district on November 8 to pay their respects to Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old student who died Friday as the result of injuries sustained in a fall earlier in the week, the South China Morning Post reported.

This footage shows people gathered all across the overpasses leading to the Tsuen Wan MTR station, standing over large banners that read: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” A vigil was also held in a nearby garden, where candles and paper cranes were placed to honor Chow.

Other November 8 protests in Tsuen Wan – as well as other vigils and demonstrations in Aberdeen, Mong Kok, Whampoa, and Tseung Kwan O – turned chaotic after police fired warning shots of tear gas to disperse protesters who were setting fires and blocking roads, according to RTHK.

Chow reportedly suffered critical injuries to the head after falling from the third floor to the second floor of a Tseung Kwan O parking garage during a conflict with the police that spanned Sunday night, November 3, to the early hours of Monday morning, November 4, according to the Post.

Chow died from cardiac arrest in Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the morning of November 8.

The exact details of Chow’s fall remain murky, with protesters claiming that Chow was fleeing from tear gas, and the police denying that tear gas was fired in the parking garage. Security footage obtained by local media does not show tear gas, but does appear to show riot police leaving the parking garage area in the late hours of November 3. Credit: Hong Kong Hermit via Storyful