UCF Global Perspectives


Students Encouraged to Leave Amidst Hong Kong Protests

Elizabeth Aguilar, Intern, East and Southeast Asia

November 15, 2019

As the increasingly violent five-month-long Hong Kong protests continue, university students have been urged to leave (AP 1). The Chinese University of Hong Kong was barricaded by demonstrators after violent clashes with police on Tuesday (AP 1; NYT 1). During Tuesday’s protest at Chinese University, protesters threw more than 400 gasoline bombs (AP 1). In retaliation, the Hong Kong police fired 1,567 tear gas canisters, 1,312 rubber bullets, and 180 beanbag rounds (AP 1; AP 2; NYT 2).

The latest round of protests was ignited by the death of Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old student, who sustained a fatal injury on November 4 (NYT 1). Tuesday’s protests has made universities urge their students to return home (AP 1). Furthermore, the Education Bureau announced classes for primary and secondary school would be suspended on Thursday due to the increasingly violent clashes (AP 1). Many universities will allow students to finish the semester via online learning, which will allow students to return home safely (AP 1; Reuters).


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