A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester was pulled into Chinese consulate grounds in Manchester on Sunday and beaten up.
Unidentified males got here out of the consulate and compelled a person contained in the compound, earlier than he escaped with the assistance of police and different demonstrators.
The protester advised the BBC: “They dragged me inside, they beat me up.”
A consulate spokesperson mentioned protesters had displayed an insulting portrait of China’s president.
The Foreign Office mentioned it was urgently looking for readability on the incident. Greater Manchester Police has launched an investigation.
Speaking after the incident, the protester, referred to as Bob, advised BBC Chinese that “mainlanders” – individuals from mainland China, versus Hong Kong – got here out of the consulate and destroyed their posters.
“As we tried to stop them, they dragged me inside, they beat me up,” he mentioned, including that he was then pulled out by the UK police.
“It’s ridiculous. They [the attackers] shouldn’t have done that. We are supposed to have freedom to say whatever we want here [in the UK].”
After the incident, the gang remained offended. Protesters shouted on the males from the consulate and the British police, arguing they may have executed extra.
Consulate workers had beforehand requested the protesters to maneuver to the other facet of the road.
There had been two law enforcement officials on the protest, however a number of extra appeared inside minutes of the altercation starting.
They gathered on the gates of the compound attempting to interrupt up the preventing and transfer protesters again.
One police officer entered the consulate grounds and pulled the person who had been dragged inside again out.
At least eight males – a few of whom had been carrying helmets and protecting vests – then returned to the consulate constructing.
The consulate is on UK soil, however can’t be entered with out consent. Any offence dedicated on diplomatic premises is topic to UK regulation, however workers might maintain diplomatic immunity.
Reacting on Twitter, former Conservative chief Iain Duncan Smith mentioned the UK authorities ought to demand a full apology from the Chinese ambassador, and that these concerned ought to be despatched again to China.
The demonstrators was protesting because the Communist Party congress began in Beijing.
President Xi Jinping, who is set to secure a third term in power, mentioned he had turned the scenario in Hong Kong from “chaos to governance”, referring to China’s suppression of pro-democracy protests there.
A spokesperson for the consulate mentioned the protesters had “hung an insulting portrait of the Chinese president at the main entrance”.
“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,” the spokesperson added.
A spokesperson mentioned Greater Manchester Police was conscious of the incident.
“Officers were present and responded immediately to defuse the situation,” they mentioned.
“Enquiries are ongoing at this time to understand the full circumstances.”