That’s the BBC, reacting to the news of the arrest of Ed Lawrence, who was covering protests over China’s strict zero-COVID policy in Shanghai. The BBC said he was beaten and kicked by the police while in custody.
There is video of Lawrence’s arrest.
Protests have engulfed China after a fire in an Urumqi, Xinjiang apartment complex killed 10. Chinese authorities have been criticized over incident, as iron-barred windows and roadblocks were considered to have impeded efforts to contain the fire. An official statement that residents were slow to react added to the outrage.
Hong Kong stocks
slumped on Monday, on the view that China is unlikely to relax its strict policies.