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UK/China: Chinese officials ‘must be held accountable’ for apparent attack on Hong Kong protester at Manchester consulate

Police preventing protests in Hong Kong © AFP via Getty Images

In response to reports of violent behaviour by Chinese consulate officials toward Hong Kong protesters in Manchester yesterday, Sacha Deshmukh, Amnesty International UK’s Chief Executive, said:

“From the video footage and media reports, this looks like an unprovoked attack by Chinese officials against peaceful protesters on British soil.

“We know only too well that protests are instantly and ruthlessly crushed in mainland China and in Hong Kong, but it’s shocking to see this being played out on the streets of Manchester.

“Having mounted a sinister campaign against Xinjiang Uyghurs living overseas, this appears to be yet another example of the long arm of Chinese state repression extending beyond China’s borders.

“The UK government should make it absolutely clear to that Chinese authorities at the highest levels that the Chinese consular officials must be held accountable for their actions.”

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