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NEWSLETTER: Chinese Consul-General attacks peaceful Hong Kong protestor in Manchester

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

Committee News

The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) Foundation has joined 19 Hong Kong advocacy groups in signing a joint letter.The lettercalls on US government officials to take action regarding the attendance of executives from major US financial firms at a summit in Hong Kong on the 1st and 2nd of November where they will meet, strategize, and socialize with individuals sanctioned by the US Government for human rights abuses in Hong Kong.

CFHK Foundation’s Washington Director, Olivia Enos, shared her insights in Forbes on the attack which happened at the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, UK this week. Enos wrote, “despite scrupulous attempts to keep the international community from interfering in its own so-called international affairs, the CCP is regularly preoccupied with interfering with – and in this case, undermining the rights of – citizens of other countries.”

Chinese Consulate, Manchester

A Hong Kong pro-democracy protestor was pulled into the Chinese consulate and beaten up whilst peacefully protesting in Manchester. During an interview with the BBC, Bob Chan said, “They dragged me inside, they beat me up.” After the incident, the crowd remained outside the Consulate grounds, with protestors shouting at those on the other side of the fence and the Greater Manchester police who helped break up the attack.

Commenting on the incident in The Times, CFHK Foundation President Mark Clifford said: “The attacks in Manchester show the reach of the Chinese Communist Party and that it will stop at nothing to silence those who oppose the regime. An assault on protestors is an assault on democracy and the UK Government and the Greater Manchester police must respond accordingly.”

The attacks happened in Manchester, however as CFHK Foundation President Mark Clifford said to Jane Bradley from The Scotsman, “This could have been Edinburgh and if real action isn’t taken, it will be.” He continued by stating “This will be normalised, just like the more subterranean pattern of harassment I think has been normalised because you don’t see it. If this serves as a wake-up call to the British public and to the global public, then, despite the fact it is an horrific incident, I think it might serve as a good purpose.”

On Wednesday 19th October, three days after the attack, Bob Chan attended a