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Edward Lawrence BBC cameraman beaten and kicked by police in China as they arrest him

The BBC have said they are very concerned after cameraman Edward Lawrence was attacked and arrested by police in Shanghai on Sunday.

Leading up to his arrest he had been live tweeting coverage from the protests.

The BBC journalist was “beaten and kicked by police” as they arrested him during Covid-19 protests in China.

Footage which has appearer on Twitter showed Edward being dragged to the ground in handcuffs.

Another Tweet showed him being lead off by officers.

While another Tweet appeared to show him asking another journalist to call the consulate now.

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai.

“He was held for several hours before being released.

“During his arrest he was beaten and kicked by police.

“This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.

“It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whist carrying out his duties.”

The BBC has said they have had no official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities, with officials claiming he was arrested for his own good in case he caught Covid from those protesting.

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