Hong Kong vi­o­lence spills on to UK streets as min­is­ter hounded by mob

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

THIS was the mo­ment an echo of the street protests that have rav­aged Hong Kong hit Bri­tain.

Teresa Cheng, a deeply un­pop­u­lar jus­tice min­is­ter in the be­lea­guered Hong Kong gov­ern­ment, fell while sur­rounded by a crowd of jeer­ing pro-democ­racy pro­test­ers in Lon­don.

Demon­stra­tors shone torch lights on her while call­ing her a ‘mur­derer’. Video showed Miss

Cheng fall­ing to the ground dur­ing the melee, although it was not clear if she was pushed by pro­test­ers.

She re­gained her feet mo­ments later and was es­corted away with no vis­i­ble signs of in­jury.

Hong Kong’s leader Car­rie Lam con­demned what she called a ‘bar­baric at­tack’ and claimed Miss Cheng had suf­fered ‘se­ri­ous bod­ily harm’. Miss Cheng was con­fronted by the protest on Thurs­day be­fore an event to pro­mote the for­mer Bri­tish colony as a dis­pute res­o­lu­tion and deal-mak­ing hub.

Scot­land Yard said it had opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion but there had been no ar­rests.

Five months of pro-democ­racy protests in Hong Kong have en­tered a new phase of vi­o­lence, with two dead in re­cent days.

Ten­sion: Teresa Cheng is sur­rounded by pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tors in Lon­don

Help: Miss Cheng lies in the road

Drama: The min­is­ter takes a tum­ble

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