Suicides rock Hong Kong protest movement as despair grows over city’s independence 

A lone man in a yellow raincoat stood on top of the scaffolding at a mall in central Hong Kong. 

Nearby was his banner: “Make love no shoot! No extradition to China!”

For hours, police tried to talk Leung down but at around 9pm the 35-year-old jumped to his death, missing the inflatable mattress the officers had prepared to catch him.

In the fortnight since at least three protesters have killed themselves.

At the site of Mr Leung’s death, white flowers and encouraging notes form an impromptu memorial to the deceased. One reads "Believe in our youth! Believe in our people!"

But the deaths are a disturbing consequence of anti-government protests that continue to rock the former British colony –…

To continue reading this article

Start a 30-day free trial for unlimited access to Premium articles

  • Unlimited access to Premium articles 
  • Subscriber-only events and experiences
  • Cancel any time

Free for 30 days

then only £2 per week

Try Premium

Save 25% with an annual subscription

Just £75 per year


Save now

Register for free and access one Premium article per week


Only subscribers have unlimited access to Premium articles.Register for free to continue reading this article
RegisterOr unlock all Premium articles.
Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week
Start trial
Save 40% when you pay annually.
View all subscription options  |
Already have an account? Login


Print subscriber? Click here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *