A Hong Kong protest-themed cake has been disqualified from a British cake decorating competition, igniting a row about 'political censorship'.
The bake, which was entered into this weekend's Cake International competition in Birmingham, featured a figurine of a man in goggles and a hard hat carrying an umbrella, as well as a large Guy Fawkes mask.
The cafe behind the cake claim it was disqualified because of complaints from Chinese competitors, although the organisers insist it was due to one element being 'oversized'.
A spokesman for 3rd Space cafe, which made the cake, told The BBC that it was inspired 'by the streets of Hong Kong'
'The design was simply an expression of what is happening at the moment in Hong Kong.'
The spokesman claimed the cake was withdrawn because of 'complaints from Chinese candidates' who called the cake 'offensive' because it 'promoted the independence of Hong Kong'.
Cake International first turned off a speaker on the cake that was playing a protest anthem, before emailing 3rd Space to say it had been withdrawn.
The company told MailOnline: 'Cake International provides an inclusive platform for the international cake decorating and sugar arts community to celebrate together and share their passion.
'The organisers have no prior knowledge of the cakes that are going to be entered into the competition.
'We remain impartial and do not comment on the views of any messages conveyed through cakes on display.
'As the organisers we reserve the right to remove any cakes from display.'
But 3rd Space, based in Hong Kong, replied that it was 'obvious that it was an excuse that they came up [with] to cover their political censorship'.
Violence has been growing in Hong Kong, where a knifeman recently left a politician with a severed ear and five people with stab wounds as political clashes rumbled on.
The brutal conflict took place outside a shopping mall in the middle-class neighbourhood of Tai Koo Shing on Hong Kong's main island.
The knifeman had been arguing with some of the victims about politics before he pulled out the weapon.
Andrew Chiu, a local pro-democracy councillor, then tried to tackle the man but during the resulting struggle the attacker bit off the politician's ear.