BBC journalist ‘beaten and kicked by police’ after covering anti-lockdown protests in Shanghai

The BBC says one of its journalists was “beaten and kicked by police” after covering protests against COVID lockdowns in Shanghai.
The corporation said Ed Lawrence was working as an “accredited journalist” when he was “attacked, arrested and handcuffed”.

Footage on social media showed him being dragged to the ground in handcuffs, while in another video, he was seen saying: “Call the consulate now.”
According to officials, Mr Lawrence was arrested “for his own good” in case he caught coronavirus from the crowd, the BBC said.
The broadcaster added: “We do not consider this a credible explanation.”

A spokesperson said: “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai.
“He was held for several hours before being released. During his arrest he was beaten and kicked by police.”
They added: “This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.
“It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whist carrying out his duties.”

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Mr Lawrence has been in touch with the Foreign Office.
People protesting against China’s strict COVID lockdowns returned to the streets of Shanghai despite being forcibly removed by police using pepper spray only a few hours earlier.
In what Amnesty International described as a move of “remarkable bravery”, people objecting to the continuing confinement of millions of people – for weeks at a time – gathered again at the same spot.
Their anger was ignited by a fire in the city of Urumqi on Thursday which killed at least 10 people.

Source : Sky News