CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The University of Calgary is telling students in an exchange program in Hong Kong to leave because of ongoing protests.
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.
“Additionally, we have also offered to provide the students with assistance related to extra costs incurred as a result of their early departure from Hong Kong,” said Vice-Provost Susan Baker.
Two @UCalgary students on an exchange program in Hong Kong were told to leave the country by UofC. "We have reached out to them and recommended that they both leave the country," says Susan Barker, Vice-Provost (Student Experience), UofC. #Calgary #yyc #HongKongProtest @660NEWS
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) November 18, 2019
Hong Kong has been marred by violent protests over the past five months, as demonstrators demand democratic reforms and oppose proposed legislation that would allow citizens to be extradited to mainland China.
On Monday, police tightened a siege at a university campus with hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside seeking to escape.
Over the weekend, the University of British Columbia said it has asked 32 students participating in a Hong Kong exchange program to return home.
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