PRC Protests Swedish Human Rights Violation as Violent Reservationless Chinese Tourist is Evicted From Fully Booked Hotel by Swedish Police

Swedish touristsChinese press making a big human rights case out of three Chinese tourists who arrived a day earlier than their reservation, the hotel was full, they stayed in the lobby for hours, got violent, police called, at least one was carried out of the hotel by Swedish police. According to an eyewitness interviewed by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the police tried to calm them down but then carried them out; but acted properly throughout. Now called a human rights violation by the PRC Embassy in Sweden d PRC media!

The September 15, 2018 story from Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest newspaper, is online with video.  One Chinese tourist screams “Save me!!”  救命啊!!

A passser-by filmed the incident but didn’t think it extraordinary until he read about it in the newspaper.  That is how Aftonbladet came to have the video on its website. The passer-by’s eyewitness account was at the hart of today’s story.  The eyewitness though the police handled the situation well.

Maybe the Chinese will have to kidnap more Swedish booksellers in revenge!  The kidnapping of a bookseller resident in Hong Kong who has Swedish citizenship is still a sore point in Sweden-China relations.

The Chinese Embassy Spokesperson’s remarks on the Brutal Abuse of Chinese Tourists by Swedish Police

Around midnight on 2 September, three Chinese tourists were brutally abused by the Swedish police. The Chinese Embassy in Sweden is deeply appalled and angered by what happened and strongly condemns the behavior of the Swedish police. The Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China have made solemn representations to the Swedish government respectively in Stockholm and Beijing, stressing that what the police had done severely endangered the life and violated the basic human rights of the Chinese citizens. We urged the Swedish government to conduct thorough and immediate investigation, and respond to the Chinese citizens’ requests for punishment, apology and compensation in time. We cannot understand why the Swedish side has not given us any feedback. We hope that the Swedish side will handle the case in accordance with law, and urge the Swedish side again to take immediate actions to protect the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Sweden.

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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