SINGAPORE — China has recalled six officials from the U.K. whom police planned to question over their reported violent treatment of a man. The alleged victim, who was protesting outside the Chinese consulate in Manchester in October, said he was kicked and punched while doing so, according to British Foreign Minister James Cleverly.
Cleverly said the officials, including the consul general in Manchester, were called home by China following a police request to interview them over the incident. “I am disappointed that these individuals will not be interviewed or face justice,” Cleverly said in a written statement. “Nonetheless, it is right that those responsible for the disgraceful scenes in Manchester are no longer — or will shortly cease to be — consular staff accredited to the UK.”
Police had been probing the alleged attack on Bob Chan from Hong Kong, who protested against Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chan was reportedly assaulted by some men after being dragged inside the grounds of the consulate.
China Removes 6 Diplomats From Britain Over Manchester Violence – The New American