University of Calgary students are modifying the Goddess of Democracy statue that stands within the lobby of the MacEwan Scholar Centre with an indication that claims “Read the plaque, it’s happening again.”
It’s a duplicate of a statue that grew to become a global symbol of defiance after the unique was destroyed in Tiananmen Sq..
It stands on campus attracting some consideration whereas two U of C exchange students are in Hong Kong, trapped on the Polytechnic University. The varsity has been became a fortress because the state of affairs between protesters and police escalates.
U of C president Jessica Revington mentioned she helps the college’s suggestions to get the students out.
“We are incredibly concerned for the safety of these students,” Revington mentioned Monday.
“We are happy the university has reached out to them and has offered options if they do choose to come back to Canada.”
In a press release to International Information, U of C vice-provost Susan Barker confirmed there are two students presently on an exchange program in Hong Kong.
“We have reached out to them and recommended that they both leave the country. 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,” Barker mentioned.
“It’s encouraging to see we want to make sure there are no barriers to students in a position these ones are in,” Revington mentioned.
The anti-government protests have been going down for months. A Calgary group following the developments has been in touch with students on the within.
Ken Tang is with the New Hong Kong Cultural Membership.
“A lot are fearing for their lives, and right now, it’s pretty horrific. There are 350 students still left and they are under siege,” Tang mentioned.
He mentioned some of the exchange students learning in Hong Kong have change into involuntarily concerned within the social unrest.
“Some of them do not understand the situation going on. It’s 35 years in the making but they know we need to defend our democracy and freedom,” Tang mentioned.
There may be nonetheless no phrase on whether or not the students learning overseas are selecting to go residence.
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