Hong Kong: Thousands of demonstrators hold vigil for dead students

After the death of a 22-year-old student in Hong Kong, demonstrators held a vigil on Saturday. Thousands of people gathered in a park near government buildings, singing hymns and laying flowers. Some of them called “revenge”. According to the authorities, the young man had fallen from the third to the second floor in a parking garage Monday morning when the police tried to stop a protest. On Friday, the 22-year-old succumbed to his injuries. The death of the student is likely to fuel the weekend protests. The rallies in Hong Kong had begun in June as a resistance to a draft bill that had since been withdrawn, which should allow for extradition of accused persons to the People's Republic of China. But the demonstrators also see general freedoms that the former British colony still enjoys.

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