Singapore universities cancel exchange programs to Hong Kong after issuing a travel alert

Singapore universities have canceled exchange programs to Hong Kong after the Singaporean government issued a travel alert to the territory due to anti-government protests.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore warned its citizens last week not to make non-essential trips to Hong Kong as the protests became unpredictable and could become violent with little or no warning.

The universities of Singapore – the National University of Singapore, the Technological University of Nayang and the University of Administration of Singapore – have informed their students that exchanges and trips to Hong Kong have been canceled, according to the website Today, which belongs to the largest radio station in the country, Mediacorp.

Protests in Hong Kong began in June in opposition to a now suspended bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to China to be tried in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

Protests in Hong Kong began in June in opposition to a now suspended bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to China to be tried in courts controlled by the Communist Party. Since then, protests over democracy have increased and become increasingly violent, scaring tourists, eroding business confidence and putting the city on the brink of its first recession in a decade.