LONDON (Reuters) – British police said last month they had identified a number of crimes committed in an incident at a Chinese consulate in northern England.
Bob Chan, from Hong Kong, said masked men pulled him inside and kicked and punched him when he was with demonstrators against Chinese President Xi Jinping outside his consulate in Manchester, northern England. say.
Consul General Jeong Hee-won said his staff, including himself, were defending themselves after protesters stormed the premises in an unprovoked attack.
Greater Manchester Police said they had gathered evidence from cellphone footage and eyewitnesses to establish a full picture of what happened.
No arrests have been made so far, but they have “identified a number of crimes, including assaults and violations of public order and morals.”
“We continue to have a clearer understanding of the timeline of events that led to such an escalation of initially peaceful protests, which led to many crimes and potential suspects and victims. We were able to identify the person,” said Deputy Chief Chris Sykes.
Chan, who is in his 30s, said he had bruises all over his eyes, head, neck and back.
The incident sparked a new diplomatic dispute between Britain and China, whose relations have deteriorated in recent years.
The UK’s domestic spy chief said last week that any threat or harassment of British citizens or people living in the UK will not be tolerated.
Reporting by Michael Holden Editing by Bernadette Baum
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