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A 2015 tweet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receiving backlash after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of alleged sexual harassment.

In May 2015, Pelosi tweeted a picture of her participating in a panel discussion board about sexual assault with Gov. Cuomo.

“Too many women are sexually assaulted while in college. Joined @NYGovCuomo to discuss why #EnoughIsEnough!” she wrote.

Many twitter users are calling her out for the hypocrisy.

“Correct. So when are you calling for his resignation, Madam Speaker?” Conservative group Reagan Battalion asked.

“@SpeakerPelosi spoke with someone who sexually harasses people about why too many women are sexually assaulted while in college. Quite ironic,” another user said.

“He is the expert after all,” another Twitter user wrote.

Three accusers have came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.

On Monday, before the third accuser came forward, Pelosi called the allegations against Cuomo “serious” and “credible” and supported an independent investigation into his behavior.

In a statement, Pelosi said the two women who accused Cuomo of harassment and inappropriate behavior should be taken seriously.

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Gov. Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity. The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said.

Anna Ruch, the third woman to come forward, told The New York Times on Monday that she met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019. During the reception, she said Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back, which she pushed away, and asked if he could kiss her.

Charlotte Bennett, an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, and Lindsey Boylan, former top aide, also made allegations against Cuomo.

Bennett told The New York Times on Saturday that Cuomo sexually harassed her last year and, four days prior, Boylan said that Cuomo inappropriately touched her.

On Sunday, Cuomo said he was “truly sorry” if his conduct had ever been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation” but denied inappropriately touching or propositioning anyone.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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