2020/04/26

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Two teens charged with murdering elderly man in HK protests


Two teenagers in Hong Kong have been charged with murder over the death of a 70-year-old man who was killed in a clash between protesters and local community residents that took place during last years civil unrest in the former British colony.

The confrontation took place on November 13 and saw the two groups come to blows and exchange volleys of bricks on a street in a Sheung Shui neighborhood in the New Territories.
Video filmed from a nearby residential high-rise shows the 70-year-old street cleaner, named Luo Chang-qing, walk out towards the middle of the conflict while appearing to film the scene with a cell phone in his hands.
He is then blindsided by a brick thrown by one of the protesters which hits him straight in the face, sending him to the pavement.
Luo died the following day at the hospital. He became the first person to die as a direct result of the violent clashes that raged across Hong Kong last year amid large-scale, pro-democracy demonstrations.
Police have arrested six teenagers, three males and three females, for their involvement in the incident.
On Wednesday, two of the teens, a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, were both charged with murder, wounding with intent, and rioting.
If convicted, they face up to life in prison.
Its unclear exactly how police are dividing up responsibility for Luos death and who struck the fatal blow.
From the video, it appears that only a single brick hits the victim while more than a dozen people on both sides are seen chucking bricks.
Police said that they are still searching for others in connection with the incident, offering a HK$800,000 reward for useful information leading to their arrest.


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