Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UBC reaching out to students in Hong Kong, recommending they leave

UBC reaching out to students in Hong Kong, recommending they leave

A spokesperson for Mount Royal University said that institution does not have any students on exchange in Hong Kong.

"Most have returned home and the rest are preparing to leave the area this week".

In a statement to 660 NEWS, the university says it has reached out to two students who are a part of the program and still in the region.

By late Thursday, schools in the U.S., Australia and the United Kingdom were either urging or requiring their students on exchange in Hong Kong to return home. "York is helping to make the necessary travel arrangements and will make provisions to support the completion of their academic term".

Montreal's McGill University, Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and the University of British Columbia are also urging students to head back to Canada.

The comments from China's top diplomat in London came after a brief and rare deployment of Chinese troops in Hong Kong over the weekend to clean up streets.

The report, published on Sunday, was originally titled, "Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates", and made the claim that police had "threatened on Monday to fire live bullets if "rioters" did not stop using lethal weapons in the latest flare up in anti-government protests".

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Hong Kong police earlier accused demonstrators of using risky tactics against riot police.

Neither York nor U of T have students at Hong Kong Polytechnic.

The protests were triggered in June by a proposed law allowing for the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. But by the time the bill was withdrawn, the protests had hardened and broadened into a resistance movement against the territory's government and Beijing.

A group of pan-democratic lawmakers filed the legal challenges to the law last month on the grounds that they would hinder people's political rights in Hong Kong.

Jonathan Wong is fourth year student at U of T who came to Toronto for school about five years ago.

"I think the Hong Kong government is trying very hard to put the situation under control", Liu told a London press conference.

"They don't feel threatened by the students but it is the collateral damage".

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