BBC reporter 'beaten' and arrested by police during COVID-19 protest in China

28/11/2022 3:46:00 AM

The UK broadcaster said it was "very concerned" after cameraman Edward Lawrence "was attacked" in Shanghai.

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The UK broadcaster said it was "very concerned" after cameraman Edward Lawrence "was attacked" in Shanghai.

China.Crowds in Urumqi shouted ‘End the lockdown’ at hazmat-suited guards.China’s restrictive COVID-19 measures appeared to roil in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region.China’s restrictive COVID-19 measures appeared to roil in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region.

The UK broadcaster said it was "very concerned" after cameraman Edward Lawrence "was attacked" in Shanghai. Footage circulating on social media purportedly showed Lawrence prone on the ground being manhandled by a number of officers.Photograph: Video obtained by Reuters Reuters Sat 26 Nov 2022 09.READ MORE: The BBC said it was "extremely concerned" about the treatment of journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai.READ MORE: Beer prices to soar before Christmas In this image from video obtained by The Associated Press, police, foreground, watch protesters in Shanghai on Saturday, Nov.(Supplied) Another clip showed Lawrence being led away in handcuffs, and him appearing to yell at someone he knew to "call the consulate now".58 GMT Protests have broken out in China’s far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at hazmat-suited guards after a deadly fire triggered anger over their prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record. After Lawrence's arrest, the BBC issued a statement saying it was "extremely concerned about (his) treatment" by police.Protests against Chinas restrictive COVID measures appeared in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region.

"He was held for several hours before being released," a spokesperson for the broadcaster said.Reuters verified the footage was published from the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi.(AP Photo) (AP) Protesters are taken away by police in a bus in Shanghai on Saturday, Nov."During his arrest he was beaten and kicked by police."This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.China has put the vast Xinjiang region under , with many of Urumqi’s 4 million residents barred from leaving their homes for 100 days."It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties.He lost his shoes in the process, and left the protest barefoot." The broadcaster said Chinese officials had claimed Lawrence was arrested "for his own good" in case he caught the virus from anyone in the crowd.Xinjiang is home to 10 million Uyghurs.Zhao says protesters yelled slogans including “Xi Jinping, step down, Communist Party, step down," “Unlock Xinjiang, unlock China,” “do not want PCR (tests), want freedom” and “press freedom.

"We do not consider this a credible explanation," the spokesperson said.erupted across China throughout the weekend, including at universities and in Shanghai where hundreds chanted "Step down, Xi Jinping.China strongly rejects such claims.READ MORE: Firefighters spray water on a fire at a residential building in Urumqi in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Thursday, Nov.Step down, Communist Party".It was an unprecedented show of defiance against the country's stringent and increasingly costly zero-.Authorities have said the building’s residents had been able to go downstairs, but videos of emergency crews’ efforts, shared on Chinese social media, led many internet users to surmise that residents could not escape in time because the building was partially locked down.

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Melbourne and other States, Canada, Netherlands, parts of the USA, many countries in Europe, now China…it’s all the same. People against tyranny!! Covid was simply “the excuse”! Funny how you ignored the protests here in australia Reminds me of Australian police during lockdown Stop showing videos from Victoria and saying its China!!! Fake News

Tell the truth on what’s really happening and why it’s happening Future “changing of the guard”. Isn’t it ironic that the same people supporting Chinese protests thought the people who protested lockdowns in Victoria were the worst of the worst. History will not sit well with many people. Sad- looks like our Western Anti-Science Covid Deniers have infected the minds of these otherwise sensible people...

This poor developing nation They have 1.4 b people, u expected they r all happy? Send in VictoriaPolice they'll know what to do

Covid lockdown protests break out in western China after deadly fireProtesters in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, blame restrictions for death toll of 10 in apartment block fire

Was it anti-government and harsh when Australian government was doing this? Extremist! They are just nazis how dare they want freedom! Don’t they understand that covid will kill them all if they don’t continue to have lockdowns! Trust their leader 😂 msm is so funny how the narrative changes… Hypocrites

Racist, nazi extremists right ? That's what you called us. So many neo nazi bigots with unacceptable views! Victorians must be cheering on the CCP to quell this dissent based on the results of our latest election They need Dan to go over and sort them out You had a completely different opinion when Australians were protesting the same thing

Hasta la vista communista ✋ Someone call premier Dan and his rubber bullet swat team Australian media is clueless. Where are the leftists with their labels of “anti-vaxxers” “anti-lockdown” “far-right” “conspiracy theorists” ? Anti govt? its anti lockdown, are they baby nazis and extremists? Wishing all the protesters the best ❤️

More anti-COVID protests in China triggered by deadly fireProtests against China’s restrictive COVID-19 measures appeared to roil in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region. 9News Noted article is from AP. So without reading it, am I correct in assuming China is the “baddie”, the people in the streets are rebelling and shouting ‘democracy & freedom’ against Covid restrictions and an “evil regime” and there’s no discussion of the merits of China’s strategy?

Must be all those far right Nazis in China causing all of this! Looks like Melbourne last year. They must be anti-vaxxers and anti-mandate. Cookers!! Finally starting to cover some of this nonsense Bunch of science denying cookers Red mist someone said ? I don’t think this is a matter in China and Chinese should have the rights of protest 🪧

I wonder if they’ll bring in Victorian police to shoot them in the back . The lefties will love it . A warning to New Zealand and Canada, the people can only take so much before they hunt you down and end you. Can you report on those burnt to death in the Apartment where the doors were welded shut?

More anti-COVID protests in China triggered by deadly fireProtests against China’s restrictive COVID-19 measures appeared to roil in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region. 9News

RT 9NewsMelb Yeah and when he's reelected the government will say... see people agreed with the lock downs it didn't bother them that much and we're not even going to respond too pathetic conspiracy theories about corruption! Lol Well done China Let's see the media treat these people like they treated anti lockdown and forced medical procedure protestors in Melbourne. Are the Chinese also 'selfish conspiracy theorists'?

BuggaThe And still nothing from MSM on Brazil? Looks unorganised. They should bring in Vic police to shoot them and show them what a true authoritarian regime can do. Yet in Australia media were snarling down at anti-lockdown protestors. Peak hypocrisy troublemakers who want covid to spread and kill people

Time to get up and battle against the 'emperor'. If you are on your knees for too long, you will not be able to stand up anymore. It is still not too late. LFG Chinese citizens! Looks like Melbourne.... they must all be far right groups 🤡

COVID protests erupt in Shanghai as anger spreads across China after deadly fireSocial media videos show protesters chanting 'lift lockdown for all of China' and asking President Xi Jinping to step down as anger at tough anti-coronavirus measures grows. Damn anti-vaxxers Dan can help the CCP out. Are they being shot at like Melbournians were?

Good anti China all the way Yet when the good people of Australia protested they were persecuted. This is highly reminiscent of Victoria. Australia’s lockdowns were modelled on China’s. This is our future if you don’t start standing up. This Is a long time coming, but let’s face it China has the biggest military in the world and is not afraid to turn them on there own citizens. Good luck I hope they prevail.

9NewsMelb Go Chinese It's about time The chinese people are facing the same oppression as Dutch farmers , Canadian Truckers & Australians who just wanted to work. Covid isn't the problem. Government and MSM are the real enemy , evil bastards When is AlboMP and his celebrity mates going to China to have their photo taken in solidarity with the people of China living under government oppression ?

Surprised they haven’t started shooting them yet Yay👏 Good on them, fight for your rights👍

Why “Covid zero” is now the biggest China threatOPINION: China is stuck in the lockdown mentality because it initially worked. It’s now strangling the economy and beginning to trigger serious unrest. Would be same in Victoria, Australia but for Federal Government pressure. it's their own fault. they should have been better at stealing mRNA technology

Arrest the cookers