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Hong Kong Protest Live Updates: Demonstrators Urge City’s Leader to Step Down

The man, whom the police identified as a 35-year-old with the surname Leung, had been perched for hours on the roof of an upscale mall near the Hong Kong government complex, where the protests have been concentrated. Shortly after 9 p.m., he climbed onto scaffolding on the side of the building as firefighters tried to rescue him, landing next to an inflatable air cushion that had been set up to catch him. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The man had been wearing a yellow raincoat, on which slogans criticizing the police and Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, were written. Many of the protesters on Sunday carried white flowers as a sign of mourning.

“His sacrifice really does show that the government is still ignoring how the citizens, how the students feel,” said Anson Law, 17, a high school student who has participated in the protests. “The people want to show their will.”

On Sunday afternoon, protesters outside the mall lined up to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial of incense, flowers and handwritten notes. “Death of one man, death of Hong Kong,” said one. A vigil is planned for 9 p.m.

At least 40 people joined a small counterprotest outside the United States Consulate on Sunday, echoing the Communist Party line that the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong had been engineered by foreign governments hostile to China.

The Chinese foreign ministry and members of the Hong Kong administration aligned with Beijing have repeatedly said the protests are part of a “foreign influence” campaign, pointing to recent statements made by Western leaders in support of the demonstrators, as well as earlier meetings between Hong Kong democracy advocates and American politicians.

“The riots I believe were instigated by foreign forces, and it is sad that the young people of Hong Kong have been manipulated into taking part,” said Joseph Yam, a member of the Executive Council, the territory’s top advisory body.

Source: NYT > World

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