China complains to Sweden over tourists' treatment

Відносини між Китаєм та Швецією загострилися після інциденту з китайськими туристами – новини

The ejection of a family of Chinese tourists from a Stockholm hostel has sparked a diplomatic dispute between China and Sweden, after the tourists claimed they were man-handled by police officers and dumped at a cemetery in the early hours of the morning. He says he made the hostel aware of his parents' fragile health but was instead ejected from the building by arriving police officers.

During the incident, the family threw themselves to the ground crying and wailing, trying to deface the police and seek assistance from passing pedestrians.

Video footage circulating online shows police carrying the tourists outside, with the son yelling in English: "This is killing".

"The Chinese Embassy in Sweden and Chinese Foreign Ministry have successively lodged representations with the Swedish side, calling on the Swedish side to conduct a thorough investigation, respond to the Chinese tourists' reasonable appeal in a timely manner and inform the Chinese side as soon as possible".

A disagreement between a group of Chinese tourists and a hostel in the Swedish capital has escalated into a diplomatic spat, with China accusing Sweden of violating the visitors' human rights. Staff refused and called the police, who then took the family away and dropped them off near a cemetery, the disgruntled tourist claims.

In Stockholm, however, Chief Prosecutor Mats Ericsson said an investigation was closed on September 7 after concluding that police had done nothing wrong.

Mr Zeng told state media that they were initially allowed to...

"This is not in line with diplomatic norms and global practice", he said, according to the South China Morning Post.

"You can tell they are faking, definitely", commented one user under the second video. Gui said the three Chinese citizens did not break Swedish law and they didn't deserve the treatment the received.

"The Chinese Embassy in Sweden is deeply appalled and angered by what happened and strongly condemns the behavior of the Swedish police", the statement said.

A statement on the Chinese Embassy's website posted Saturday said its citizens were asking for "punishment, apology and compensation in time".

Some Chinese netizens, however, have accused the Swedish police of using excessive force. "The police have the right to remove someone from one place to another, and it is an extremely common and standardized police procedure to do so".

On Sunday, China's ambassador to Sweden, Gui Congyou, accepted an interview with Swedish media that was later transcribed in Chinese.

However, Swedish prosecutor Ericsson told Aftonbladet on Monday that no preliminary investigation had been initiated because the assessment was that there was "no crime on the part of the police". As was the case in Stockholm, the incident gained attention only after it started trending on Chinese social media.

As China's economy keeps growing, an increasing number of Chinese people are heading overseas for leisure in recent years.

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