Protesters interrupt Chinese ambassador’s event at UTS Sydney

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

Protesters have gatecrashed a speech by China’s ambassador to Australia to question Beijing’s record on human rights.

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

Well-known anti-Chinese Communist Party activist Drew Pavlou was among the protesters to be removed from the event by security guards.

One woman shouted “It’s committing genocide in Tibet” as she was escorted from the event by a staff member who said “Madam, could you please leave the room now”.

The woman held a sign reading “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 colonised”.

Mr Xiao continued with his speech on Australia-China relations each time he was interrupted.

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

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