Over 1,000 students gather at HKUST President’s lodge to demand him to condemn police over their excessive use of force

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8th November 2019 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) cancelled the afternoon session of the graduation ceremony at 3pm today after Chow, the 22-year-old student who fell from a carpark in Tseung Kwan O passed away at the hospital this morning. Spokesperson for the government expressed dismay over the death of the student and condolence messages were given to his immediate family members today.

At around 1.05pm today, over 100 students and civilians gathered at the open-air piazza at HKUST to conduct a memorial service. Student representative criticised the university authority for failing to address police brutality after the fatal incident and he urged Hong Kongers to seek justice for Chow. Over 1,000 students marched towards the President’s lodge at around 2.15pm to demand Professor Wei Shyy to condemn police for their excessive use of force. During the ordeal, the lodge was vandalised and explosion was heard. A student representative warned the others against further damage as the President was not present. He further told them that they should not threaten the family members of the President as he was not murderer. The students then left the lodge and proceeded towards two eateries in the university.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union also expressed sorrow over the death of the student.