The RCMP is finally investigating so-called Chinese police stations which have set up camps in Canada, allegedly to terrorize expats.
As previously reported by The Counter Signal, the human rights group Safeguard Defenders says more than 50 stations exist worldwide, including three in Toronto, home to Canada’s largest Chinese diaspora.
Safeguard Defenders says the purpose of Chinese outposts in Canada is to force the return of Chinese nationalists who’ve broken Chinese law.
”In most countries, we believe it’s a network of individuals, rather than … a physical police station where people will be dragged into,” said Laura Harth, a campaign director at Safeguard Defenders.
“It’s completely illegal under international law. It’s a severe violation of territorial sovereignty.”
The RCMP have now told CBC it’s investigating “reports of criminal activity in relation to the so-called ‘police’ stations.”
Earlier this month, The Counter Signal reported on Chinese dissidents in Canada demanding the Canadian government take action against the police stations.
Co-founder and trustee of Hong Kong Watch, Aileen Calverley, said she’s “frightened” because there are Chinese police where she lives in Milton, Ontario.
“There’s no legislation,” Calverley stated. “There’s nothing to deter them. Nothing to punish them.”
“So I think Canada really needs to look into this. Because they are Chinese police. So they should be considered as agents.”
On Monday, America’s DOJ announced espionage-related charges against multiple Chinese and hinted at more actions, leading to speculation that it will remove all Chinese “police” stations in the US.
“In three separate cases in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey, the Justice Department has charged 13 individuals, including members of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) security and intelligence apparatus and their agents, for alleged efforts to unlawfully exert influence in the United States for the benefit of the government of the PRC.”
One incident involves Chinese spies intimidating and harassing an expat to return home to China. Other charges were for Chinese spies “masquerading” as professors who tried to steal sensitive documents.