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Hong Kong protests: Winnipeg students showing their support

University of Manitoba students with ties to Hong Kong are showing their support for people taking part in pro-democracy protests in the Chinese city.

University of Manitoba students set up information booth on campus

University of Manitoba students with ties to Hong Kong are showing their support for people taking part in pro-democracy protests in the Chinese city. 2:01

University of Manitoba students with ties to Hong Kong are showing their support for people taking part in pro-democracy protests in the Chinese city.

Students and activists have been camping out in Hong Kong since late Friday, demanding that Beijing grant genuine democratic reforms to the former British colony.

In Winnipeg, some students set up a booth on Tuesday with information about the protests.

Jo Tse, who has family and friends in Hong Kong, holds up a picture of an umbrella, which has become a symbol of the revolution. (Lindsay Tsuji/CBC)
Jo Tse has many friends and family taking part in the demonstrations in Hong Kong and hopes Winnipeggers will take notice.

"You can just help by spreading the message. Just let more people know about it, so that the people in Hong Kong are not fighting alone for nothing," Tse said.

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      Another student, Vania Oung, said after she saw images of police using tear gas on protesters, she could hardly recognize the city she still calls home.

      "Most of those protesters, they're all students, unarmed. How could they do such things?" she said.

      Oung said many of her friends and family are on the streets, calling for democratic reforms.

      Vania Oung, 22, Grew up in Hong Kong and has just arrived back in Manitoba after spending the summer there. Many of her friends are on the streets demonstrating for democracy. She said one was shot with a plastic bullet, another friend was pepper sprayed. (Lindsay Tsuji/CBC )
      ​The University of Manitoba's Hong Kong Students Association said between 50 and 60 of its members are from Hong Kong or have family there so many are in the same situation.

      Organizers said a dozen students started a 'concern group' Sunday and about 20 people showed up at another meeting Monday night. 

      They have set up an information booth at University Centre and are giving out pamphlets and the yellow ribbons that many people in Hong Kong have adopted as their Facebook profile picture.

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