The United Kingdom says China is sacking six officials after an incident at its consulate in Manchester

LONDON (Reuters) – China has summoned six British officials whom police wanted to question over the treatment of a man it said was kicked and punched while protesting outside the Beijing consulate in Manchester, China’s foreign minister said. James Cleverly.

The official confirmed that the removal of those responsible, including the Consul General in Manchester, came after the police requested that they be questioned about the incident.

“I am disappointed that these individuals have not been questioned and do not face justice,” Cleverly said in a written statement.

“However, it is right that those responsible for the shameful scenes in Manchester are no longer, or soon will not be, consular officers accredited by the United Kingdom.”

Police were investigating the alleged assault of a protester who was beaten by several men after being dragged into the grounds of the consulate in northwest England during a demonstration against President Xi Jinping.

“Pictures posted on social media showed what appeared to be totally unacceptable behavior on the part of a number of individuals near the entrance to the consular facility,” said Cleverly, who summoned the acting ambassador over the incident.

Cleverly said the police had asked six Chinese officials to lift their diplomatic immunity so they could be questioned and reported to the embassy, ​​and given them a week to act.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement that it would continue to investigate the events surrounding the protest.

The chair of the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alicia Cairns, said the government should prevent civil servants from returning to Britain. (Reporting by Alistair Smoot. Editing in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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