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12:35  20 august  2019
12:35  20 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London

HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London Demonstrators backing the democracy activists in Hong Kong marched in London on Saturday, as counter-protesters staged a rival rally. 

“We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,” a spokesman Cheng’s detention was first reported by the Hong Kong news site HK 01. According to Li, he regularly travels to mainland China for meetings and had gone

Britain ’s Foreign Office is seeking more information about reports that a Hong Kong staff member had been detained in mainland China . Simon Cheng, an employee at the UK consulate in Hong Kong , did not return to work on August 9 after visiting Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news

Britain's Foreign Office said Tuesday it was "extremely concerned" by reports that a Hong Kong consulate employee had been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on his way back to the city.

Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China© Anthony WALLACE Beijing has repeatedly warned Britain, the former colonial ruler of Hong Kong, against "interference" in the protests, and relations between the two countries have been increasingly strained

The Hong Kong consulate refused to confirm the man's name or further details of the apparent incident.

But report in local news outlet HK01 said the consulate employee had failed to return after travelling to Shenzhen in Guangdong province, an hour outside Hong Kong, for a one-day business meeting on August 8.

China Confirms U.K. Consulate Staffer in Hong Kong Detained

China Confirms U.K. Consulate Staffer in Hong Kong Detained China confirmed that it was holding a U.K. consulate employee in Hong Kong on allegations of violating local law, threatening to further worsen ties between the countries as protesters planned to rally for his release outside the diplomatic mission. © FREE SIMON CHENG via Facebook/Reuters Simon Cheng, a staff member of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong, who was reported missing by local media after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen, is seen in an unknown location in this undated photo.

The British Consulate -General in Hong Kong maintains and develops relations between the UK and Hong Kong . We are here to support and protect UK interests in If you live outside of Hong Kong but plan to give birth in Hong Kong please call our consular staff for advice concerning travel documents.

We can offer advice and consular assistance to British nationals, including dual nationals who are not Chinese nationals. The Chinese authorities are responsible for the safety and security of British nationals while they are in China , and it is important to report your concerns to the police.

"We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen," a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said in a statement.

"We are providing support to his family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong," it added.

The incident comes as the financial hub is facing its worst political crisis in decades.

Pro-democracy protesters have staged weeks of rallies that have often descended into violent clashes between police and protesters.

Beijing has taken an increasingly hard line tone against the protests, which it sees as a direct challenge to its rule.

Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
Britain 'concerned' by reports HK consulate employee detained in China
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It has also repeatedly warned Britain -- the former colonial ruler of Hong Kong -- against "interference" in the protests, and relations between the two countries have been increasingly strained over the issue.

The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial extradition law but have broadened into a call for wider democratic reforms.

China had promised to respect the freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory after its handover from Britain in 1997.

Hong Kong enjoys liberties unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech, unfettered access to the internet and an independent judiciary.

But the ongoing protests have raised fears of a Chinese crackdown.

Known for its high-tech market, the metropolis of Shenzhen sits behind China's "Great Firewall", which restricts access to news and information.

With Beijing attempting to shape the narrative of the unrest in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities have increased their inspections at the border, including checking phones and devices of some passengers for photos of the protests.

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