70-year-old cleaner hit with brick during Sheung Shui clashes dies

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A 70-year-old man died in hospital last night, one day after he was hit in the head by a brick during clashes between pro-Beijing supporters and anti-government protesters in Sheung Shui on Wednesday.

RTHK reports that the man, a cleaner working for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The Hospital Authority said that his condition had continued to deteriorate, and that he was declared dead at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin 10pm on Thursday night.

The FEHD also released a statement in the early hours of this morning expressing “profound sadness” at his passing, and adding that they were providing assistance to his family.

The statement also said that the authorities “expresse[d] outrage over the malicious acts of the rioters.”

The case will be referred to the coroner’s court to determine the cause of death.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, senior superintendent of police Chan Tin-chu from the crime unit of the New Territories North Regional Headquarters said that police believe he was filming the scene of the fight at the time when a masked man reportedly threw a hard object at him.

He added that the case, which was initially treated as a wounding case, is now being treated as a murder case, and that no arrests have been made yet.

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