On October 16, an incident disrupted order at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, UK, when a group of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong were assaulted by embassy staff.

The Hong Kong Indigenous Defense Force protesters’ banners read, “May the higher power destroy the Chinese communist [party], screw the celebration.” The group also held banners reading “Hong Kong independence” and “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”

After destroying the posters, Hong Kong embassy officials pushed and beat the protesting group. One of the protesters was dragged inside the Chinese consulate and severely beaten.

The young man, who identified himself by the pseudonym Bob, escaped from the men beating him thanks to a policeman who entered the consulate to get him out.

“As we tried to stop them, they dragged me inside, they beat me up,” he said.

“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],” added the protester.

The young man, who eight people assaulted, said he “could have been beaten to death” if no one intervened.

The beating left the protester with injuries to his head and back and scratches to his face, eyes, neck, and back. He also had several bruises.

The police said that, by procedure, they could not enter foreign embassies without authorization. However, they entered the consulate to protect the safety of the attacked man.

“Detectives from our Major Incident Team are investigating the incident and we are liaising with national policing and diplomatic partners,” the police said.

Following the incident, British Prime Minister’s spokesperson Liz Truss said on October 17 that the assault on a protester inside the grounds of the Chinese consulate in Manchester was worrying.

The demonstrators began the protest as the CCP kicked off its 20th National Congress in Beijing.

The protest was also about the third term of Xi Jinping, who said he had changed the situation in Hong Kong from “chaos to governance” by cracking down on pro-democracy protests.

In response to the violence at the embassy, several human rights groups condemned the actions of Chinese regime officials.

Labor’s Foreign Affairs spokesman David Lammy said, “The quashing of peaceful protest will never be tolerated on our streets,” he said

The UK-based human rights group Hong Kong Watch also disapproved of the “appalling violence perpetrated by individuals who are reportedly officials from the Chinese Consulate-General in Manchester.”

Outraged British officials demand apology

British lawmakers called Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly to investigate what happened.

In this regard, former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote on Twitter, “The UK Government must demand a full apology from the Chinese Ambassador to the UK and demand those responsible are sent home to China.”

Representatives Catherine West and Alicia Kearns also denounced the incident.

West said on her Twitter account,

I’ve previously raised protections for Hong Kongers in the UK with the @fcdo, and this will be raised in Parliament urgently.”

Kearns wrote on Twitter, “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,” he added.

This act by Chinese embassy officials in the UK further exposes the CCP’s violence against Hong Kong citizens.

Several UN experts have called for a complete review of the CCP’s national security law because of its ambiguity, which leads to serious human rights violations.

Chinese regime expands repression abroad through secret police stations

Recently, a report was released revealing the CCP’s surveillance of dissident citizens in different parts of the world.

So far, at least 54 secret Chinese police stations set up abroad and operating illegally have been discovered.

Between 2021 and 2022, some 230,000 people were “persuaded” to return to China to face charges.

The persuasion techniques used by the Chinese police consist of harassing, threatening, detaining, and harassing the accused’s family members in China. Their children are even denied the right to education, and their family is accused of being accomplices. In addition, the bank accounts of their friends and relatives may be restricted and even canceled, all to convince the suspect to return to the country.

These measures applied by the Chinese regime on its citizens are outside the judicial guarantees and regulations of the host country. Moreover, the coercion methods represent a severe breach of international law and that nation’s sovereignty.

This revelation once again exposes the CCP’s violent methods in democratic countries. However, amid the celebration of the 20th National Congress, such a decisive moment for the Chinese regime, it does not want a scandal to ruin its most significant event.

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