UK: Belfast residents campaign for removal of barrier around Chinese consulate

A legal dispute broke out between local residents and the Chinese consulate in Belfast over the construction of a security barrier around the compound, as filmed on Thursday. Over two weeks ago Martin McBurney, who lives near the consulate, won an injunction to stop the work. However, the consulate ignored the court's decision with the Chinese embassy lawyer saying it does not accept the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland's courts. McBurney, who is also a spokesperson for a local protest group, said, «This area is a conservation area and it is protected by conservation policy the building is a listed building, the pillars on the building are listed and go back hundreds of years, the trees are preserved.» Belfast City Council said the consulate has diplomatic immunity allowing it to bypass planning laws.

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