Shocking footage of a Hong Kong pro-democracy protester being pulled into Chinese consulate grounds and beaten up went viral on HK Telegram channels on Sunday, October 16. 

The Washington Post reports the protester was among about 60 people who had gathered outside the consulate to demonstrate against Chinese President Xi Jinping. Protest banners and flags calling for Hong Kong independence were draped outside the consulate. One poster was an image of Xi standing before a mirror wearing nothing but a crown and a pair of boxers—a play on the emperor’s new clothes fable.

The peaceful protest escalated when a man came out of the consulate to tear up signs and banners, followed by a group of unidentified men in masks. They dragged the protester behind the gate and punched and kicked him when he was on the ground. Police stepped in and rescued the demonstrator before he suffered any further attacks.

According to the protester, “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. I had bruises on my neck and back, and my waist was a little sore.”

The incident sparked public hatred. People are furious about the disgraceful behavior of the Chinese consulate staff. A comment on the video said, “China wants you to respect its sovereignty at the same time it wants to disrespect yours.” and “Can’t believe this happens in day time right in front of British police!!!!!”

VOA cited Benedict Rogers, chief executive of the British human rights group Hong Kong Watch. He said the incident was “outrageous” and that the CCP’s way of administering the “violent, inhuman, barbaric and harsh laws in China” cannot be accepted in the UK.

Police in Great Manchester launched an investigation, stating, “The man—aged in his 30s—suffered several physical injuries and remained in hospital overnight for treatment. He is continuing to receive our support for his welfare.” 

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, tweeted, “The CCP will not import their beating of protestors and denial of free speech to British streets. Chinese Ambassador should be summoned & if any official has beaten protesters, they must be expelled or prosecuted.”

No arrests have been made so far.

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