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