Hong Kong residents lay flowers near the North District Town Hall in Sheung Shui to pay tribute to an elderly man who died Thursday from head injuries after being hit by a brick hurled by black-clad protesters, Nov 15, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - Police have classified as murder the death of an elderly man who was hit in the head by a brick hurled by black-clad protesters in Sheung Shui on Wednesday.
In a press briefing on Friday, police said they had primarily confirmed what happened according to descriptions of witnesses and video footage.
No suspects have been identified yet and police called on witnesses to come forward
A group of black-clad rioters set up roadblocks near North District Town Hall in Sheung Shui on Wednesday. They clashed with residents who tried to clear the road, throwing iron rods, bricks and other hard objects at the latter, said Senior Superintendent Chan Tin-chu of the New Territories North Regional Crime Headquarters.
The victim, 70, was hit in the head by a brick when filming what was happening with his phone. He was knocked down to the ground and fell unconscious. The death was announced late Thursday at hospital.
Chan said it is believed the attack on the man, an outsourced worker of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, was malicious, adding that the Regional Crime Unit of the New Territories North was investigating the case.
He didn’t participate in the argument or the attempt to clear the road blocks, Chan said.
Hong Kong residents pay tribute to an elderly man who died Thursday from head injuries after being hit by a brick hurled by protesters near the North District Town Hall in Sheung Shui, Nov 15, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
The man was a local Hong Kong resident and did not belong to any political group, Chan added.
No suspects have been identified yet and police called on witnesses to come forward.
Chan said some security cameras at the scene had been damaged by protesters, causing difficulties to police's investigation.
Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of the elderly man's death, Chan added.
Police reiterated zero tolerance to violence and said that they would spare no effort to bring culprits to justice.
In a statement issued on Friday, a principal official with the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR conveyed deep condolences to the elderly man
In a statement issued on Friday, a principal official with the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR conveyed deep condolences over the elderly man's death.
Such anti-human atrocity of indiscriminate killing is inhumane and intolerable, the official said, adding that the liaison office offered sympathy to his family and expressed grave indignation and strong condemnation against such violence.
The liaison office firmly supports the HKSAR government and Hong Kong police in bringing the perpetrators to justice to demonstrate the rule of law and justice, the official said.
A group of residents on Friday paid tribute to the man in Sheung Shui, leaving flowers near the North District Town Hall where the incident happened.
With agencies' inputs
HONG KONG NEWS