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Protester Allegedly Dragged Inside Chinese Consulate In UK, Beaten


Video: Protesters allegedly dragged into the Chinese Consulate in the UK, beaten

Several protest banners were placed outside the Chinese consulate in Manchester.

The British city of Manchester police are investigating an incident involving a protester who appeared to have been dragged into the premises of the Chinese consulate and beaten, following a protest against the Chinese President. Xi Jinping.

In a video posted online, a man is dragged through the gates of the Chinese consulate in Manchester by several men, and then beaten by several men. Police at the scene eventually stepped through the gate and pulled the man out.

Several protest banners had previously been placed outside the consulate, one with the words, “Heaven will destroy the Chinese Communist Party”, and a caricature of Mr. Xi wearing the crown. , according to images provided to Reuters by a freelance journalist at the scene.

The protest came on the first day of the two-decade-long congress of China’s ruling Communist Party in Beijing, during which Mr. Xi is expected to win a third term as leader.

“Greater Manchester Police are aware of an incident that occurred around 3pm on Sunday 16 October 2022 at the Chinese Consulate in Manchester,” a police spokesman told Reuters in a response. written.

“Officers were present and responded immediately to inform the situation. Investigations are ongoing at this time to understand the full situation.”

There was no immediate response to Reuters requests for comment from the Chinese consulate in Manchester and the Foreign Ministry in Beijing.

Matthew Leung, a freelance journalist at the scene and a friend of the man who was beaten, told Reuters by phone he was “shocked” by the incident.

The man who was hit, who Leung said, was first known by his first name, Bob, was slashed in the face afterwards, Leung said. The man did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment via a messaging app.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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