The University of Calgary is telling students in an exchange program in Hong Kong to leave because of ongoing protests.
In a statement, U of C vice-provost Susan Barker said the university has offered assistance to the students as they cope with the situation.
The government's controversial ban on wearing masks is unconstitutional a Hong Kong court ruled on Monday, delivering a fresh legal blow to an administration that is struggling to contain increasingly violent protests. "But if the situation becomes uncontrollable, the central government would certainly not sit on our hands and watch".
There was a temporary lull in the pitched battles for control of the university's campus as the emphasis shifted from hitting the protesters with tear gas and water cannons to waiting for them to come out.
He said: "It feels, at the moment, best to withdraw them".
Liu Xiaoming also warned against "external interference" in internal Chinese affairs, singling out Britain and the United States and accusing them of condoning violence by protesters.
"There has just been a fearsome clash between protesters who had gathered close to the university campus to try to support the besieged students".
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Lui accused demonstrators of trying to destabilise and paralyse Hong Kong to "seize power" in a push for independence.
Anti-government protests have been taking place in the Chinese-ruled city for about five months.
"The future of Hong Kong, if such a situation continues, would be unimaginably awful".
The envoy said the "illegal, violent activities" of protesters had "pushed Hong Kong into an extremely unsafe situation". The protesters originally barricaded themselves within the school and police responded by cordoning off the campus.
Police said they have arrested a 20-year-old woman in Kowloon district for violating assembly laws in the early hours of Monday.
Neither York nor U of T have students at Hong Kong Polytechnic.
China says it is committed to the "one country, two systems" formula granting Hong Kong autonomy.