- More than a week after the violent scuffle at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, United Kingdom, a staff member is claiming he was attacked by a protester.
- Gao Lianjia said he was standing near the consulate’s gate on Oct. 16 when the protester knocked him down and attacked his face.
- The diplomat described being choked as the protester “grabbed my collars tightly and knelt forcefully on my body with my back on the ground.”
- Gao said he lost consciousness but eventually “came back to life” and saw the protester being taken out of the consulate by British police.
- Gao’s statements are consistent with claims made by Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan, who blamed the protester for forcing their way into the consulate’s grounds and admitted to pulling protestor Bob Chan’s hair in the name of “duty.”
- Chan, the Hong Kong national who was filmed being assaulted inside the consulate, has insisted that he was dragged into the compound.
More than a week after a violent scuffle erupted at his workplace, a staff member with the Chinese consulate in Manchester, United Kingdom, is claiming he was attacked by a protester.
Gao Lianjia said he was standing near the consulate’s gate on Oct. 16 when one of the pro-Hong Kong independence protesters “knocked me down by running against my belly.”
‘Expel China!’: UK protesters rally against China after assault of Hongkonger in Manchester consulate
- Hundreds in the U.K. gathered in separate local protests on Sunday to denounce China and demand freedom for Hong Kong.
- The protests came a week after a Hong Kong national was assaulted at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, during a pro-democracy demonstration.
- Sunday’s protesters in Manchester reportedly carried signs with phrases such as “Expel China,” “Free Hong Kong” and even “Hang Xi Jinping.”
- Meanwhile, demonstrators in London braved a rainstorm to get to the city's Chinese embassy.
- Investigation into the Manchester consulate incident continues.
A week after a Hong Kong national was assaulted at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, hundreds in the U.K. gathered in separate local protests to denounce China and demand freedom for Hong Kong.
The Manchester protest, called “Say No to China,” took place at St. Peter’s Square at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Manchester Evening News reported. The event began with the playing of “God Save the King” outside Central Library, followed by “Glory to Hong Kong.”
‘I fear I may be silenced’: Hongkonger assaulted in Chinese consulate in Manchester denies Beijing’s version of events
- Bob Chan, the pro-Hong Kong independence protester who was assaulted in the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, has rejected Beijing’s version of how the incident unfolded.
- “Let me say it again so I am clear: I was dragged into the consulate. I did not attempt to enter the consulate,” he said at a news conference in the British Parliament on Wednesday.
- Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan, who heads the Manchester consulate, said the protester grabbed a staff member and refused to let go, which resulted in the protester “plunging” into the property himself.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also stated that the protester “illegally entered” the consulate and “jeopardized the security of the Chinese diplomatic premises.”
- The incident remains under investigation by the Greater Manchester Police.
The pro-Hong Kong independence protester who was filmed being beaten inside the Chinese Consulate in Manchester has rejected Beijing’s version of how the incident unfolded, saying the attack was “unprovoked.”
The Hong Kong national, identified as Bob Chan, insists that he was dragged into the consulate’s grounds during the peaceful protest his group had organized on Sunday, contradicting China’s assertion that he “stormed” his way into the territory.
A series of attacks targeting Chinese students in Australia prompted the Chinese consulate in Melbourne to issue a warning against potential threats to the youth’s safety.
“Recently, there have been several cases of assaults and attacks against Chinese students in different parts in Australia. We remind all Chinese overseas students in Australia to be wary of possible safety risks in Australia,” the consulate wrote in Mandarin on its website on Tuesday.
An elderly man killed himself after opening fire at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles early morning on Tuesday.
No one else was reportedly injured in the incident as the shooting occurred at around 6 a.m., way ahead of the consulate’s opening time, according to Reuters.