UBC advises exchange students in Hong Kong to leave amid clashes

Clay Curtis
November 16, 2019

Castigating Cheng in Cantonese and English, the demonstrators are said to have pushed around the senior Hong Kong government official.

Chinese University president Rocky Tuan said in an open letter that all outsiders must leave.

People observe a moment of silence at a vigil for student Chow Tsz-Lok in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Protesters who barricaded themselves in a Hong Kong university partially cleared a road they were blocking and demanded that the Hong Kong government commit to holding local elections on November 24. "It is very hard to see how the government will put an end to this violence". Given the increase in the protests in recent days we have proactively offered to repatriate all our students. This week, the protests took a violent turn after one man was shot in the chest and another set on fire.

Major Universities have also become a hub for the protesters - the first time a movement characterised by its fluidity and unpredictability has coagulated in fixed locations. But anger against the police has been growing, with many accusing them of using excessive force against protesters. He is in stable condition.

Taiwanese lawyers have formed a pro-bono committee to help any Hong Kong residents who want to seek refuge in Taiwan, said Lin Chun-hung, a member of the group.

China denies interfering and has blamed Western countries for stirring up trouble.

Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng gets up after falling when protesters surrounded her in London, on November 14, 2019, in this still image from video obtained via social media. China called it an "appalling attack" and has demanded Britain offer security protection to the Hong Kong official.

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A University of Bristol spokesperson said that the safety of students and teachers are their top priority: "Like many other United Kingdom universities, we do have a small number of students now studying and living in Hong Kong".

The protesters' actions in London "should be strongly condemned", Lam said, expressing hope that the British police "will follow up on the case thoroughly to bring the offenders to justice".

The British police said a woman had been taken to hospital with an injury to her arm and that they were investigating but no arrests had been made.

The protests escalated in June over a now-scrapped extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The protest on Thursday evening came as a spin-off to ongoing political unrest back in Hong Kong.

Additionally, the outlet noted Taipei authorities have China Airlines and EVA Air on standby in the event that the situation in Hong Kong intensifies and some of the estimated 80,000 Taiwanese people living or working in the semi-autonomous city need to be evacuated as well.

"Rioters' violence has infiltrated into nearly every corner of society and now turned the Chinese University of Hong Kong into a powder keg", police spokesman Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-chung told a briefing.

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