HKUST student in critical condition after falling near an area of police dispersion


The incident happened in the early hours of Monday in Tseung Kwan O

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The student was attempting to run away from tear gas, which has been frequently deployed during the protests, such as this weekend in Wan Chai.

A student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is in critical condition after falling from a car park in Tseung Kwan O as he reportedly evaded police’s tear gas rounds.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who built roadblocks in the early hours on Monday in Tseung Kwan O.

Local news reported that many of the police pushed their cordon lines to the area near two residential complexes, Sheung Tak Estate and Kwong Ming Court.

Tear gas canisters were shot at the podium in another nearby residential site, Bevery Garden, as well. At about midnight, a man reportedly running away from the tear gas rounds fell from the third floor to the second floor at a parking lot in Sheung Tak Estate.

Unconscious and bleeding, he was immediately tended to by aroud 10 first-aid responders and was sent to the Intensive Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Local media also reported that he appeared to be suffering from broken bones and incontinence at the scene before he was rushed to the hospital.

HKUST Student Union later confirmed that the injured person is an undergraduate student at the university. As of Monday morning, the student was still at the Intensive Care Unit and remained in critical condition.

HKUST President Wei Shyy paid a visit to the injured student at the hospital this morning.