China runs secret ‘police stations’ in other countries

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Officials in Canada and Netherlands is investigating allegations that the Chinese police force has operated a network of illegal police stations in the country. According to reports that surfaced this week, China’s police force has been operating out of secret bases and using their presence to spy on and intimidate dissidents. The Dutch government has called such locations “illegal” and said they are “investigating exactly what they are doing here”, while officials in Canada have said they are investigating. so-called ‘police station’.”

However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Spanish civil rights group Safeguard Defenders announced for the first time that Chinese police forces from the cities of Fuzhou and Qingtian are operating “overseas police service stations” across the West. in a report published in September. Since 2018, the group claims, more than 38 police service stations have appeared in “dozens of countries” spread across five different continents. Such foreign police ‘service stations’ have been used by police in China to carry out ‘persuasion to return’ operations on foreign soil, including in Europe, the report said. Europe.” Lawmakers in both England and Scotland are also planning to investigate the stations, the report said.


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