As reported, on October 16, on the occasion of the CCP’s 20th National Congress, about 30 to 40 Hong Kongers living in the United Kingdom gathered peacefully outside the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, in the UK, to protest the CCP’s tyranny. At about 4 p.m., a group of people from the consulate came out, kicking and tearing up protesters’ banners. A Hong Kong man was dragged into the consulate compound and beaten by consular officers, and finally, British police patrolling nearby stormed in and rescued the man. Police have opened an investigation into the matter but no arrests have been made so far.
On October 23, Hong Kong expats in over 11 cities around the world initiated an act of solidarity, condemning the CCP’s violence and urging the British government to prosecute those involved or deport them, according to VOA.
Parades and rallies were held in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bristol, and Brighton in the UK, and Toronto and Calgary in Canada.
According to the Facebook page of the organization Reading UK Stands with Hong Kong, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. UK time on Sunday, October 23, the group organized a Anti-Violence Action Series on Broad Street in the heart of the city, with over 170 Hong Kongers participating. Many participants prepared their own English propaganda and briefed passersby about the beating at the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, and urged them to express their concerns about the incident to MPs.
Some participants held tablets and played a video of the Chinese consulate beating that day, and some used photos from the video of the CCP’s Consul General in Manchester, Zheng Xiyuan admitted to participating in the attack to create posters. Many locals in the UK stopped to read the posters, learn about the situation from the volunteers, and even clapped and sent blessings to Hong Kongers.
The host used a loudspeaker to narrate the incident in English, pointing out that some British MPs had asked the British government to expel the Chinese diplomats involved in the incident. She believed that because the consular officers involved have “diplomatic immunity,” Zheng Xiyuan, the CCP’s consul general in Manchester, has not been prosecuted by the British government, even as he publicly admitted that he grabbed a Hong Kong protester by the hair that day.
In addition, the host also mentioned that the CCP was recently exposed as having 3 “foreign police stations” in the UK, but the British government has not had any response yet, so she urges the public to express concern about the incident with their MPs.
Epoch Times reporters interviewed a number of British locals at the scene, most of whom were unaware of the protesters’ beatings, and were surprised by the incident. Some even said they would raise concerns with their MPs via email. One of the locals, Ana, criticized the incident as disgusting and unbelievable, and hoped that the British government could prosecute those involved in accordance with the law as soon as possible, or expel them from the country.
1,500 people march to the Chinese Embassy in London
At 4 p.m. on the same day, Hong Kong Aid, Good Neighbor Church England, Hong Kong Liberty, Free Tibet and other organizations jointly organized a parade with about 1,500 people in the center of London. The parade started at 10 Downing Street and wove its way to the Chinese Embassy.
A former member of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, who gave her name as Lilith, said in an interview with The Epoch Times that she had spoken out about the incident in Manchester, and hoped to rally Hong Kongers to protest. She believed the matter had been raised to a diplomatic level, and that the British government should expel the Chinese consular staff involved. But she worried that even if the relevant staff members are removed, the CCP may still send others to “enforce the law abroad.”
Earlier, a human rights organization pointed out that the CCP has infiltrated the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Lilith predicted that the CCP may not be restrained for the beatings in Manchester. And yet the CCP has always carried out large-scale persecution and arrests without restraint, ignoring international regulations.
Steadfast in the rain
When the parade reached Trafalgar Square, suddenly there was strong wind, heavy rain, and thunder. Pan Dongkai, a news commentator who participated in the parade, said to a reporter that, even with torrential rain, nearly 1,000 people still participated in the parade. He said that Hong Kongers are very strong and disciplined, and when they advocate nonviolent protest, even if the parade passes through Chinatown, there will not be any conflict. Despite the storm, there were still many Hong Kongers who persevered. Pan Dongkai said he is very excited and believed that no matter where Hong Kong expats are, they will not give up.
Some protesters described the wind as being similar to “Hong Kong No.8 storm,” and some recounted that during the anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong, the People’s Human Rights Front organized a march on August 18, 2019. The weather was just as bad that day, but 1.7 million Hong Kongers still took to the streets to protest.
The Chinese also joined the parade
After the parade arrived at the Chinese Embassy, several protesters were invited to speak. During the parade, some Chinese women taking part in the parade held up banners and chanted slogans supporting Peng Zaizhou, who hung banners demanding freedom, protesting the dictatorship on Sitong Bridge in Beijing. They also used the organizer’s loudspeaker, making the crowd applause.
Kuai Kuai, one of the speakers, revealed (in the first recording) that she is from Wuhan and came to the UK 5 years ago. She was very angry about the Chinese embassy in Manchester beating the protesters, so she participated in the march. She thought that the CCP’s handling of the matter was excessive. Regarding the CCP’s “Foreign Police Station”, she worried that, even if she lives in the UK, her freedom will be affected by the CCP. She is also worried that the British government will restart the power plant project with the cooperation of the CCP.