where were the police?

China condemns ‘appalling’ attack on official in UK
BBC, Nov 15 2019

China has condemned what it called an “appalling attack” by protesters on Hong Kong’s justice secretary in London on Thursday evening. Teresa Cheng fell and was treated for an arm injury in hospital after being jostled by about 30 supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Chinese official Geng Shuang said some in the UK “supported violent acts to create chaos” in its former colony. The justice secretary had been in Camden to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub. Video showed her walking towards a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators when she was surrounded by a group of protesters. Some held signs and shouted “murderer” and in the melee, Ms Cheng fell to the ground. London’s Metropolitan Police said they were investigating an allegation of assault and no arrests had yet been made. a statement said:

A woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering an injury to her arm.

China’s foreign ministry spox said:

This attack was directly related to certain British politicians confusing right from wrong on the Hong Kong issue and their support for violent acts, giving a platform to those who are anti-China and want to create chaos in Hong Kong. If the UK persists and continues to add fuel to the fire, sow discord and instigate others to do so, it will bring calamity on itself. We urge the UK to bring the culprits to justice and protect the safety and integrity of all Chinese people in their nation.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam also condemned the protesters in the UK, saying:

This savage act breached the bottom line of any civilised society.

Ms Cheng’s office said she “castigates the violent mob in London causing her serious bodily harm on her way to an event venue.”


  1. Rich
    Posted November 16, 2019 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Perfect title. Here in western Pennsylvania, the kindest, generous and helpful people are my immigrant friends from China. What is there not to like about a people whose President and central committee led more people out of poverty than the world has ever known? She is owed a public apology by the London Metropolitan Police, the Prime Minister and the Royal Family. The apology should be followed by a substantial act of atonement.

  2. lobro
    Posted November 16, 2019 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    the white helmets and bellingcat wouldn’t rule out russians and novichok for this “A woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering an injury to her arm” incident.
    scotland yard investigation will start out the usual way with fingers up their asses, we hope to find out “woman’s” identity soon.

    (good comment rich, my experience with the chinese has also been stellar)

  3. niqnaq
    Posted November 16, 2019 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    maybe it was a perfect title, but in the cold light of morning (my time), I have toned it down.

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