An investigation is underway after a Hong Kong pro-democracy protester was dragged into the grounds of the Chinese consulate in Manchester and beaten up.
An unidentified man pulled the protester into the consulate and assaulted him before police and other demonstrators managed to help him get away. Footage of the attack has been widely circulated on Twitter.
According to The Washington Post, the organizers of the rally, who are called the Hong Kong Indigenous Defense Force, arranged the protest to coincide with the beginning of the Chinese Communist Party meeting taking place in Beijing.
A statement from the group said that once one of the protesters started to make a speech, men dressed in protective gear ran out from the consulate building and attempted to destroy their posters.
Bob, the protester who was assaulted, told the BBC: “It's ridiculous. They shouldn't have done that. We are supposed to have freedom to say whatever we want here.”
After the incident, there was some lingering anger among the demonstrators regarding the way the police had dealt with the situation. They argued they could have done more to help.
Two police officers were present at the protest, with more arriving once the struggle began.
Greater Manchester police have since launched an investigation into the altercation to determine exactly what happened. They have also placed a police patrol in the area to reassure the local community.
A spokesperson for the Chinese consulate told the BBC that the portrait the protestors had hung of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, at the main entrance was insulting. Presumably, this refers to an image of Xi wearing only a crown and a pair of boxers.
They said: "This would be intolerable and unacceptable for any diplomatic and consular missions of any country. Therefore, we condemn this deplorable act with strong indignation and firm opposition."
Addressing the Chinese Communist Party’s intervention in Hong Kong during the Party summit, President Xi stated they had turned Hong Kong “from chaos to governance.” He is expected to secure a third term in office this week.
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