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Protester at China's consulate in U.K. was 'kicked and punched'

Beijing denies account as British lawmakers call for diplomats to be expelled

Protester Bob Chan, right, who was seen being pulled into the grounds of a Chinese consulate in Manchester and beaten, holds a news conference with British MP Iain Duncan Smith in London.   © Reuters

LONDON -- A Hong Kong pro-democracy protestor who was demonstrating outside a Chinese consulate in Britain said he was dragged into the compounds and "kicked and punched" by "several men."

"I am shocked and hurt by this unprovoked attack," Bob Chan told a press conference in London on Wednesday. He said he still has pain in his back, and has nightmares about his loved ones being hurt.

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