McGill University has 'strongly encouraged' its students in Hong Kong to leave

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

The University of British Columbia said it's making efforts to get in contact with all 32 of its students known to have been studying in Hong Kong.

The University of Calgary has offered assistance to two of its students who are now participating in an exchange program in Hong Kong as police and protesters continue to clash in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Mediaite reached out to Reuters for comment. A senior government adviser told the Nikkei Asian Review earlier this month that the law had "significantly" reduced the number of protesters.

On Monday, protesters attempted to escape the campus and were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Hong Kong police.

In a statement, U of C vice-provost Susan Barker said the university has offered assistance to the students as they cope with the situation.

The unrest had eroded China's "one country, two systems" approach to governing Hong Kong, although he said Beijing remained committed to the policy.

"Hong Kong citizens live under black terror created by violent extremism with their life and property under severe threat", he said.

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Hong Kong's economy has slumped into technical recession because of the months of protests, denting its worldwide image as a place to do business, he said.

The judges said the measure "exceeds what is reasonably necessary to achieve the aim of law enforcement, investigation and prosecution of violent protesters even in the prevailing turbulent circumstances in Hong Kong, and that it fails to strike a reasonable balance between the societal benefits promoted and the inroads made into the protected rights".

"The future of Hong Kong, if such a situation continues, would be unimaginably terrible".

Protesters advanced on the police from outside the cordon, while others emerged from the campus, their trademark umbrellas at the fore.

Police say 4,491 people, aged from 11 to 83, have been arrested since protests began in June.

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

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