Hong Kong protests spark call for Australian university students to come home

Nov 15, 2019 by

The University of Sydney emails its exchange students in Hong Kong after campuses are overrun with protesters.

Australian university students on exchange in Hong Kong are being urged to come home immediately, as protesters take their pro-democracy fight to campuses across the city.

Key points:

  • University of Sydney students are being told to leave Hong Kong immediately and come back to Australia
  • Police skirmished with militant students at major university campuses around the Chinese-ruled city
  • The protests are in their fifth month and show no sign of ending

University students in Hong Kong have barricaded campuses and stockpiled makeshift weapons amid escalating violence, including two deaths.

The University of Sydney has started contacting its students in the Chinese-administered city, after Hong Kong University (HKU) and other institutions suspended classes for the last few weeks of the semester.

“Your safety is our utmost concern and based on all the information available to us, and in light that HKU has now suspended/cancelled the semester, the University of Sydney requires you to depart HK immediately and make your way back to Australia,” the email sent to students by exchange coordinators on Friday morning said.

“If you have already left HK, please let me know where you are now.

Source: Hong Kong protests spark call for Australian university students to come home – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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