FAST FIVE: Hong Kong Student Dies From Injuries In First Fatality Linked To Protests
A statement by HKUST released on Friday urged students to “stay calm and exercise restraint during this difficult moment” and avoid “conflicts or even tragedies” – fearful that protesters might tear apart the campus after blaming police for Chow's death.
All classes will be cancelled Friday in honor of Chow.
The death occurred during the middle of end-of-semester graduation ceremonies for the university.
Another student who only gave his last name, Wong, told the SCMP that he was shocked by his fellow student's death and said the graduation ceremonies should be cancelled: “It's no longer a happy occasion for some graduates.” Even Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her sympathies to Chow and his family, and said the case needed to be investigated.
Still, protesters are already calling it the first fatality linked to the demonstrations (and the police response).