The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they are considering speaking to anyone who may have been threatened, harassed or threatened by an undeclared Chinese ‘police service station’ in the Greater Toronto area. .
RCMP will call you in about a month. CBC News first reported that federal police are investigating reports from police departments acting on behalf of the People’s Republic of Chinafollowing a report by Spain-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders.
According to the group, there are more than 50 such locations worldwide, three of which are in the Toronto area, a residential and one-story commercial building in Markham and a convenience store in Scarborough.
The group’s campaign director previously told CBC News that in most countries, purported police stations are likely to be personal networks rather than physical locations where people may be brought. said.
The Chinese embassy told CBC News that local authorities in China’s Fujian province have launched an online service platform to help Chinese nationals abroad with things like renewing their driver’s license. Related activities. ”
However, the RCMP says it is investigating the possibility of “foreign interference,” which refers to illegal acts aimed at Canadian interests, interference in Canadian society, or threats to national security. This includes attempts to “blackmail, harass, influence, blackmail, corrupt or discredit any person, organization or government in order to advance foreign interests,” the RCMP said in a statement on Tuesday. Stated.
“The RCMP is aware of reports of activity specifically targeting the Chinese diaspora in Canada and is conducting an investigation to identify crimes related to this issue.”
FBI director ‘very concerned’ about broadcasters
Last week on Capitol Hill, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the United States was deeply concerned about the potential presence of unlicensed police stations in the country.
“I am very concerned about this. He acknowledged the investigative work, but declined to provide details.
“But it is outrageous to think that the Chinese police, without proper coordination, would try to set up shop in, say, New York. Avoid the process.”
China, on the other hand, refutes these allegations, claiming that the site is not a “police service center” but rather a site run by volunteers to assist overseas Chinese.
“They are not Chinese police officers.
The embassy did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for a list of sites.
Earlier this month, China’s foreign ministry said the same thing about Dutch sites after the Dutch government ordered them to shut down amid an investigation into their activities. .
Anyone with information about a suspected police station or related police station should contact the RCMP’s National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or [email protected] Send an email to .gc.ca.