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Vietnam brings home students from Hong Kong university due to complicated situation

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 15:37 GMT+7
Vietnam brings home students from Hong Kong university due to complicated situation
A protester stands at the Cross Harbour Tunnel near the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. Photo: Reuters

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong confirmed on Saturday it had been helping Vietnamese students at a local university safely return to their home country amid a complicated situation in the special administrative region.

The Vietnamese diplomatic agency has tasked its staff with escorting Vietnamese students studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to the airport for their flights home, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

As the situation in Hong Kong has recently become more complicated, several universities in the special administrative region have announced the early end of this year’s first semester or switched to tuition.

Protestors stay inside the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 15, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Protesters stay inside the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 15, 2019. Photo: Reuters

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, one of the most reputable schools in Hong Kong, also ended their semester on Wednesday to ensure safety for its students.

The school previously became the location where local protesters gathered from November 12 to 15, forcing police officers to use tear gas to clear all protesters out of the venue.

Chaos in front of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Chaos in front of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. Photo: Reuters

All students of the university have been asked to take a temporary break and return on January 6, 2020.

Approximately 180,000 foreign students are studying at universities in Hong Kong, about 50 of whom are Vietnamese.

Five out of more than 4,000 foreign students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong are Vietnamese.

The Hong Kong education department previously requested students of all schools to stay home on Thursday for safety reasons.

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