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Ireland UCD advises students on exchange in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing unrest

12:00  15 november  2019
12:00  15 november  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Irish students based in Hong Kong are being urged to ensure their safety among ongoing violent protests with University College Dublin ( UCD ) advising its students on exchange “We have recommended to our students that they return home , and working with our partner universities, we

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UCD has advised students on exchange in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing unrest in the Asian city.

The advice reportedly affects a limited number of students, fewer than five, who are currently enrolled in exchange programmes in two universities in Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the rest of term.

The advice comes following an increase in the intensity of protests raging in Hong Kong, as pro-democracy demonstrators brought the city to a standstill for the fourth day in a row on Thursday.

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NUS said that students going to Hong Kong on exchange will receive the latest alerts and “NUS students have been advised to stay vigilant and safe, as well as keep themselves updated on the Universities in Hong Kong said that while they did not expect the protests to affect the number of

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The Irish Independent reported that UCD Registrar Professor Mark Rogers said UCD had contacted the students in question, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Professor Rogers reportedly said: ‘We have recommended to our students that they return home, and working with our partner universities, we are providing them with the services and supports they need to do so.’

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As protesters ignited vehicles and buildings, targeted police stations and trains with petrol bombs, vandalised campuses and shopping centres and dropped debris from bridges onto traffic, students in Hong Kong constructed campus barricades and many schools and motorways were obliged to close.

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As anxiety increases about the possibility of bringing a peaceful end to over five months of protests, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke while in Brazil about the urgent need to halt violence in Hong Kong.

According to China’s state CCTV television, Xi Jinping said the Chinese administration remained staunchly behind Hong Kong’s executive leader Carrie Lam.

Some 12,000 Chinese soldiers are garrisoned in Hong Kong, and although these troops have been kept to barracks since 1997, Xi Jinping has asserted China’s willingness to use military force to quell any attempt at fulfilling the independence demands of a minority of the protesters.

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The demonstrations were originally initiated in response to the perceived encroachment of the Chinese regime on Hong Kong’s democratic liberties, which were enshrined in the ‘one country, two systems’ framework put in place when the U.K. ceded control of Hong Kong to China 22 years ago.

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Exchange students currently studying in Hong Kong have been called back to the UK by their university over fears for their safety. Students from the University of Warwick have been "strongly urged" to return as "it is no longer appropriate" for them to remain, its student newspaper said.

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Interference in the ruling of Hong Kong has been denied by the Chinese government, which has accused external parties such as the U.K. and the U.S. of fomenting unrest.

The acrimonious nature of the protests deepened in reaction against allegations of police brutality, although authorities in Hong Kong have insisted that officers have shown restraint when confronted with potentially lethal demonstrations.

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On Thursday, thousands of students barricaded themselves into several universities in the city, stockpiling food, bricks, petrol bombs, catapults and further improvised weapons.

Police have accused students at the Chinese University in Hong Kong of acts approaching terrorism, insisting that the campus has become a ‘weapons factory and an arsenal’ armed with bows, arrows and catapults.

Several Hong Kong universities announced that there would be no classes on campuses for the rest of the year.

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“Belgian students who are currently in Hong Kong are advised to return home early,” the update explains. “ Students who have planned to study in Hong Kong during the first semester of 2020 are advised not to travel to the region for the time being and to follow current events and this advice

Baptist University, next to a People’s Liberation Army base in Kowloon Tong, issued an ‘urgent appeal’ to students to stay away from the campus.

The appeal stated: ‘Your safety is so dear to our hearts and to your parents’ and friends’ hearts. Please stay away from harm’s way.’

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