A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality after five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
The Hospital Authority said the 22-year-old died on Friday morning.
The government expressed "great sorrow and regret" over Chow Tsz-Lok's death and police said they will propose a public inquest.
Some 1,000 masked protesters marched through the busy central district at lunchtime, chanting "Disband the police force", 'Hong Kong people, revenge" and "A blood debt must be paid in blood."
Some carried white flowers and placards that read "Hong Kong is a police state."
Protesters demanded justice for Chow and hurled abuse at several police officials on site, calling them "murderers."
"His death is a reminder to us that we cannot give up," one protester said on local television.