Canadian senator defends two alleged Chinese 'police stations'
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A Canadian senator attacks the media and comes to the defense of the director of the two alleged Chinese “police stations” on Quebec soil, which are the subject of an RCMP investigation .
“Shame on the media for publishing rumors that are so damaging to the community.”
British Columbia Senator Yuen Pau Woo took position in a strong way within the framework of a demonstration bringing together about fifty people on March 18 in Chinatown, in Montreal.
The event was in support of Brossard City Councilor Xixi Li and the two community centers she leads, Chinese Family Service of Greater Montreal and Center Sino-Québec de la Rive-Sud.
“Stop the stigma”
These establishments are currently in the crosshairs of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which suspects them of being underground “police stations” on behalf of Chinese authorities.
At the rally, a message from the senator was read by a protester, also blaming anyone who “insinuates that Chinese Canadians are […] spies”.
“I stand with you in support of fair play and respect for Ms. Xixi Li […] Stop the stigma,” the politician also said in his message.
< p>This rally was organized by various groups, including the Canada-China Friendship Promotion Association.
Its spokesperson, Tina Zhu, has already appeared at the Longueuil courthouse to publicly defend Yuesheng Wang, a former Hydro-Québec employee accused last year of economic espionage on behalf of the People's Republic of China. She also campaigned for the release of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou, who left the country last fall.
Attached by Le Journal, Ms. Zhu categorically denied that her organization could be pro-Beijing.
“Our mission is to promote good relations between Canada and China,” she said. The March 19 protest was only meant to show support from members of the Chinese community for the two centers under investigation and Ms. Li, Ms. Zhu insisted.
The senator in support
Reached by email, Senator Yuen Pau Woo reiterated his support for the approach of the groups that organized this demonstration.
“I support the organization’s insistence on the presumption of innocence […] of Ms. Li and Mr. Wang. The RCMP is certainly in a position to conduct a fair and thorough investigation, but it will have to work very hard to regain the trust of many members of the Chinese community in Montreal who feel they have been unfairly targeted,” he wrote.
Who is Yuen Pau Woo?
- Independent Senator from British Columbia
- Appointed in 2016
- In recent weeks, The Journal has reported that observers, including the defense of the rights of the Uyghurs and the ex-ambassador and ex-conservative minister Chris Alexander, affirm that Senator Woo makes a speech which concerns the propaganda of the communist mode of Beijing. The latter denied being close to the Chinese government.
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