A pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong was dragged inside the Chinese Consulate in Manchester and beaten.
In a video, posted by Manchester City Asylum Transit Station, a group of unidentified men wearing masks approached the consulate fence at a pro-democracy rally outside the consulate. bar and pulled a man inside.
Protesters told Voice of America (VOA), that the men took away a satirical portrait of Mr. Xi Jinping and then beat him up.
He said: “After I was pulled in, I was punched and kicked. I had scars on my face, bleeding and swelling. Hair was pulled from my head, swelling and bruising. I had bruises on my neck and back. , and the waist is a little sore.”
He added that protesters and police tried to drag him out of the consulate.
Human rights campaigner, Luke de Pulford, tweeted a photo that allegedly shows the protester being attacked, with cuts to his face.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the force was aware of an incident that occurred around 3pm on Sunday at the Chinese Consulate in Manchester.
They said: “Officers were present and responded immediately to inform the situation. Investigations are still ongoing at this time to understand the full situation.
“A police patrol plan is in place in the area following this incident.”
MPs are calling on the government to urgently investigate the incident and ask that China’s ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang, be summoned.
Alicia Kearns, MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, tweeted a photo of protesters and police at the consulate and suggested that the consul general had “full visibility, and may have participated in the attacks”.
Former leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan-SmithMr. Zeguang called for an apology and said the government should demand that those responsible be brought back to China.
Shadow Secretary of State David Lammy described reports of the incident as “deeply concerning” and said the Secretary of State should “urgently” summon the ambassador to ask for an explanation of the incident.
The rally coincided with the first day of China’s ruling party congress, where President Xi Jinping is expected to be elected to a third leadership term.
Sky News has reached out to the government, the Chinese consulate in Manchester and the Chinese Embassy in London for comment.
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