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Police fire tear gas as Hong Kong vigils turn violent

Viola Gaskell, DPA on

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A moment of silence was observed at vigils citywide.

Earlier in the day, students marched to the residence of HKUT president Wei Shyy, demanding that he condemn police violence against student protesters. Shyy later put out a statement calling for an independent inquiry into Chow's death.

Shyy also demanded that police account for the 19-minute "delay" that followed firefighters' initial call for an ambulance. In a press conference on Friday, police said the ambulance had been blocked due to "traffic."

"We demand clarifications from all parties, especially from the police," Shyy said. "We will be outraged if there is no acceptable explanation offered to us."

Earlier in the day, office workers held moments of silence in Hong Kong's downtown Central district, temporarily blocking traffic to honor 22-year-old Chow.

 

The Hong Kong protests erupted in June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited to China. The demands of the movement later grew to include universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police violence against protesters.

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