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‘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 MANCHESTER CHINESE CONSULATE
  • 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.

Chinese State Media Promotes American ‘Journalist’ Who Asks Protesters How Democracy Elected Hitler

Jaron Lines

An American journalist was promoted by Chinese state media People’s Daily for his “coverage” of the Hong Kong protests, asking protesters about democracy and how Adolf Hitler was put into power by the same form of government.

Jaron Lines, a self-described “documentarian, independent investigative journalist, and diehard researcher” from the U.S., asked a protester in Hong Kong about their demands for democracy, Shanghaiist reported.

U.S. House Passes First Bills Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a series of bills in support of Hong Kong protesters. The bills require Washington to determine whether political developments in Hong Kong would justify its treatment of the city as a separate trading entity from mainland China and opens doors to sanctions for those who violate internationally recognized human rights, among other actions supporting protesters.

Known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, it is expected to pass the Senate, where it currently rests on a bipartisan co-sponsorship of 25 senators.

Hong Kong Airport Shut Down for 2nd Day as Police Ordered to Clear Protesters Out

Travelers hoping to leave Hong Kong remained stuck in the city as departure flights were canceled for a second consecutive day amid escalating protests against the government.

From early Tuesday, demonstrators occupied the terminal building of Hong Kong International Airport, blocking passengers attempting to advance from the departure level to immigration checkpoints.