Doncaster protester filmed by police during China president visit

Members of the public wait for the President of the People's Republic of China Mr Xi Jinping as he tours the National Graphene Institute in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS China. Photo credit should read: Richard Stonehouse/PA Wire

Members of the public wait for the President of the People's Republic of China Mr Xi Jinping as he tours the National Graphene Institute in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS China. Photo credit should read: Richard Stonehouse/PA Wire

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A campaigner from Doncaster was filmed by police while he protested against China during a visit from the country’s president.

A gathering of Free Tibet protesters used a mobile loudspeaker system to chant, “China, China, China! Out! Out! Out!” as President Xi left the town hall lunch in Manchester, around an hour-and-a-half after arriving.

Handout photo dated 23/10/15 provided by MCFC of (from left to right) Chinese President Xi Jinping, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the City Football Academy in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: MCFC/Handout Photo/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Handout photo dated 23/10/15 provided by MCFC of (from left to right) Chinese President Xi Jinping, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the City Football Academy in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: MCFC/Handout Photo/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

They were filmed and photographed by Greater Manchester Police officer as they protested on the street outside the town hall.

Chodak Hunter, who lives in Doncaster but whose parents fled Tibet in 1949, said he was “shocked and upset” by the treatment afforded the president.

“I feel David Cameron has let us down,” he said.

“It’s not just about the economy and making money. The Chinese people is not where the problem is, the problem lies with the Chinese Communist Party.

“It is a tyrannical dictatorship. A state where the internet is banned. We have a state (China) that is trying to hide the truth.

“Cameron and Osborne, you have sold your soul to the devil. When will President Xi come to collect?”

The protest during China’s president Xi Jinping visit to Mancgester, where he met Manchester football greats of past and present during a visit to Manchester City’s football academy.

He watched the moment the club seized its first Premier League title alongside the man who made it happen, Sergio Aguero.

Mr Xi was joined by David Cameron on the visit to Manchester as the Prime Minister seeks to promote the Government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda.

The president, reportedly a Manchester United fan, was given a tour of the club’s 80-acre youth development and first team training site by chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Together with former City star Patrick Vieira, Mr Xi and Mr Cameron were shown part of the club’s recruitment and training technology on a big screen.

Joining them to watch two key historic moments for the club were Aguero, who scored the goal that landed the 2012 title on goal difference from Manchester United, and City women’s team striker Toni Duggan.

The chairman talked through the “historic goal” with the president as he explained that the team scored two goals in injury time to beat Queen’s Park Rangers and win the title.

Mr Xi smiled and clapped when he saw Aguero net, and Mr Al Mubarak told him: “Not good for the heart.”

He also broke into applause at Duggan’s volley against Chelsea last year, which was later voted the club’s goal of the season.

Later president Xi was greeted on the steps on Manchester Town Hall by Mr Cameron as hundreds of his UK-based countrymen cheered his arrival in a cavalcade of police outriders and limousines.

President Xi turned and waved briefly before going inside, where he will enjoy lunch with around 200 business and civic leaders.

Outside the hall hundreds of British-based Chinese people had gathered in the city centre ahead of the president’s arrival.

Red flags of China were held aloft alongside Union flags as crowds stood three and four deep outside the hall at barriers ringing the square.

Enthusiastic youngsters chanted: “We love you president Xi.” More red and gold banners in Mandarin proclaimed “Hello president Xi. A warm welcome.”

Police surrounded the town hall amid a huge security operation but the hundreds of people gathered appeared to be supporters of the visit.

However in one corner of the square a smaller number of protesters were grouped with a banner demanding Justice For Human Rights.

Jasmine Su, 21, a sociology and fashion student at Manchester University, from Xinjiang in China, said: “We are here to welcome our president and his wife.

“We live abroad and we love our country, this is the only thing we can connect with our home country while living here.”

Away from the smiles and cheering of supporters, protesters stood in silence holding up banners with the words Falun Dafa and Falun Gong, a spiritual group which has faced persecution in China.