A 35-year-old man protesting in Hong Kong as died after falling from the roof of a shopping centre while hanging a banner condemning the controversial extradition bill.
The man, whose surname was given as Leung, had unfurled a banner on top of the Pacific Place Mall, in the Admiralty area, after climbing up scaffolding on the side of the building, local media said.
The banner had called for the withdrawal of the bill - which would have allowed extraditions from the former British colony to mainland China.
A 35-year-old man protesting in Hong Kong as died after falling from the roof of a shopping centre while hanging a banner condemning the controversial extradition bill. Above: mourners lay flowers at the foot of the Pacific Place Mall, in the Admiralty area
The man, whose surname was given by the authorities as Leung, was later hailed as a 'martyr' by fellow protesters. Above: Mourners gather to lay flowers and pay their respects near to where the man landed
The man's banner had read: 'Entirely withdraw China extradition bill. We were not rioting. Release students and the injured'.
Fellow protesters were seen laying flowers and written tributes and offering prayers near where the man landed outside the high-end shopping centre in the Admiralty area.
Emergency workers had tried to cushion the man’s fall with an inflatable but failed to catch him.
The bill was suspended yesterday by the Hong Kong government, led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
But more than a million people have marched through the streets of the territory to voice their objections to the proposed law.
And the territory was bracing for another massive protest today by people calling for the total withdrawal of the bill, rather than just a suspension.
Organisers were hoping for another mammoth turnout rally to keep pressure on Ms Lam, who paused work on the bill after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood.
An hour before the march was due to start subway stations were filled with dense crowds of black-clad protesters making their way to the start.