November 15, 2019 / 4:00 AM / a month ago

China strongly condemns attack on Hong Kong government official in London

Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng falls after protesters surrounded her in London, Britain November 14, 2019, in this still image from video obtained via social media. Chloe Leung via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s embassy in the United Kingdom strongly condemned and expressed strong indignation on Friday at the attack on a Hong Kong government official in London.

Protesters had an altercation with Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, who suffered “serious bodily harm”, according to a statement from the Hong Kong government, but no further details were given.

The Chinese embassy further urged British police to carry out a thorough investigation of the incident and to step up security for its personnel and organizations in the UK, in a statement.

The Hong Kong office of China’s Foreign Ministry said they have lodged stern representations with the British consulate in Hong Kong in a separate statement on Friday.

Reporting by Huizhong Wu and Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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