Protesters interrupt China Ambassador’s event to UTS Sydney

Protesters have been removed by security after interrupting a speech by the Chinese ambassador in Sydney.

Protesters broke off a speech by the Chinese ambassador to Australia to question Beijing’s human rights record.

Several people interrupted Xiao Qian’s speech to the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology in Sydney on Friday.

Renowned anti-Chinese Communist Party activist Drew Pavlou was among the protesters removed from the event by guards.

A woman shouted “Genocide is being committed in Tibet” as she was escorted from the event by an employee who said: “Ma’am, please leave the room now”.

The woman was holding a sign that read “Free Tibet, Free East Turkestan, Free Hong Kong!”

An audience member interrupted the beginning of Mr Xiao’s speech by saying “stop the genocide” and “Tibet remains colonized”.

Whenever he was interrupted, Mr Xiao continued with his speech on Australia-China relations.

“I think it’s a good opportunity … we have different views, but they have to be expressed in an appropriate way,” he said at one point.

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