Young Hongkonger Dies in Apparent Fall, After Day of Protests Lead to 64 Injured

November 13, 2019 Updated: November 14, 2019

Hong Kong had another turbulent day of protests on Nov. 13. A young man dressed in black in his early 20s died after an apparent fall. Sixty-four people were injured during protests on Wednesday and were sent to the hospital for treatment. Two of them are in critical condition.

A Young Man Died

At 10:37 p.m. local time, a young man was found lying on the street by passersby. He was found lying in a pool of blood and unconscious.

According to police, the man is in his early 20s, wore a short sleeve black T-shirt and black pants, and was found on Shing Yiu Street, in the Tsuen Wan district. Pro-democracy protesters typically wear all-black attire. However, police have not yet identified whether he was a protester.

When an ambulance arrived, paramedics found out that the man was injured in several places on his body and was still alive, according to local media HK01. After he was sent to nearby Yan Chai Hospital, doctors failed to revive him and the man passed away at about 11:00 p.m.

A passerby initially thought that the young man was killed.

Police said that it appeared that the man fell from a height, which killed him. But police couldn’t answer so far what caused his fall.

The man’s family visited him in the hospital when police arrived there for investigation, according to local media.

An Elderly Man Injured

Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), the government department who is responsible for food and environmental hygiene, announced on Nov. 13 that one of its 70-year-old outsourced workers was injured after being hit on the head by a hard object in the Sheung Shui neighborhood during his lunch break.

A FEHD spokesperson told local media that the man was hit by a protester because there were protests in the area where the man worked at for three days. Police said they were investigating and tracing down the suspect.

The FEHD didn’t give details about the injuries of the old man, but said his family has been informed.

Dozens Injured

Hong Kong Hospital Authority, the statutory body managing all the government hospitals and institutes, announced that by midnight, 64 Hongkongers were sent to hospital for emergency treatment on Nov. 13. Forty-five of them are men and the other 19 are women.

Two of the men were in critical condition, and were sent to Prince of Wales Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.

On the same day, John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong’s secretary for security, announced that from June to September, Hong Kong police found 256 suicide cases, which is 34 cases more than the same period in 2018.

Mass protests ignited in June over a now-shelved controversial extradition bill that would allow the Chinese regime to transfer individuals to face trial in mainland China. The proposal drew widespread opposition, stemming from fears that the bill would erode the city’s autonomy from the Chinese regime.

Although the Hong Kong government announced the bill’s formal withdrawal in September, Hongkongers continue to protest, demanding an independent investigation into police use of force and universal suffrage in city elections.

In the same period of time, police found 2,537 dead bodies, 311 more than the same period last year. In some cases, police have not yet determined the cause of death.

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