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Chinese mob attacks Hong Kong supporters in Sheffield

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 3, 2019
Up to 200 Hong Kong and Chinese students clashed in in Sheffield, South Yorkshire on Wednesday after a pro-democracy rally was hijacked by counter-demonstrators.
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Bottles were thrown and police scrambled as trouble flared outside the historic Town Hall.

Topics: Chinese Hong Kong Sheffield

The trouble started as 30 students from Hong Kong ran a stall explaining the current situation in their homeland, where many had spent the summer.

Apparently antagonised, an estimated 150 Chinese many carrying the national flag and playing the country’s anthem on their phones carried out an impromptu counter demonstration said to have been organised via Chinese messaging app WeChat.

Speaking to The Independent, Ben Miskell, a local councillor and eyewitness to Wednesday’s clashes, said: “These were outrageous scenes for a British city.

“In Britain you have a right to peaceful protest, and that must be protected from thuggery and intimidation.”