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In Pictures: Clashes erupt in Tseung Kwan O as crowds mark two months since Hong Kong student’s death

A vigil in Tseung Kwan O that marked the passing of a student was interrupted late on Wednesday as riot police clashed with protesters.

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Officers fired pepper spray and detained at least two people, including an assistant of a district councillor.

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In a statement, police claimed that protesters blocked the road by “building barricades with trash and rubbish bins, paralysing traffic in the vicinity.”

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During the evening, over 200 people attended the vigil at a Tseung Kwan O car park, the site where university student Alex Chow fell to his death two months ago.

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The circumstances around Chow’s death remain unclear, though his fall coincided with a police operation nearby.

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Mourners lit candles and placed flowers at a makeshift shrine, as they observed a minute’s silence for Chow.

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Some also shouted slogans such as “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times” and “Disband the police now.”

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At around 10pm, black-clad protesters blocked an intersection outside Sheung Tak Plaza, but quickly dispersed after riot police arrived.

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Some protesters later set up an umbrella formation near Kwong Ming Court and dug up bricks from the pavement.

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Riot police at the scene warned that people at the scene were participating in an unlawful assembly, and that tear gas may be used.

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Clashes escalated at around 10:30pm when plainclothes officers subdued a man.

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Riot police later sprayed another man in the face with blue liquid.

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According to local media, one man wore an orange vest bearing the name “Kelvin Yip” and was the assistant to newly elected district councillor Isaac Lee.

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Lee told reporters that his assistant would go to clashes and try to reduce tensions, and said he suspected the assistant was arrested for carrying a shield, according to RTHK.

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Scattered clashes continued until the early hours of Thursday, as some protesters continued to block roads and damage traffic lights.

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The strong police presence also provoked shouting matches between officers and residents in the neighbourhood.

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Protests erupted last June over a now-axed extradition bill. They have escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment.


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In Pictures: Clashes erupt in Tseung Kwan O as crowds mark two months since Hong Kong student's death