A 70-year-old man has died in Hong Kong after being struck on the head during clashes between government supporters and protesters.
Officials said the man was on a lunch break from his job as a cleaner when he was hit in the head by “hard objects hurled by masked rioters”.
It comes as China’s president Xi Jinping said the “one country, two systems” system was being “challenged”.
Hong Kong has been dogged by more than five months of political unrest.
Less than a week ago, Alex Chow, a 22-year-old student, died after falling from a building during a police operation.
What happened to the man?
The 70-year-old cleaner was hit in the head during a protest on Wednesday in the Hong Kong border town of Sheung Shui.
Video purported to be of the incident shows two groups throwing bricks at each other before the man falls to the ground after being struck on the head.
A police superintendent told news outlet SCMP that he was not involved in the protest, but was “only taking pictures at the scene”.
He passed away in hospital on Thursday.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said the man was an outsourced worker of theirs who had been on his lunch break.
The FEHD also condemned masked rioters, calling them “extremely dangerous”.
“[They] conducted violent acts in various districts three days in a row, where…