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De Blasio ‘sickened’ by Cuomo sexual harassment claims

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) went after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) over the sexual harassment allegations made against him and for the nursing home scandal turning both sides of the aisle against him.

During a Monday interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, the mayor was asked about the recent allegations made by two women against the embattled Cuomo, someone widely considered to be an in-state rival of his.

“It sickened me, it sickened me,” de Blasio said. “The thought of a powerful man trying to take advantage of his power, intimidate a young woman and just the sense that he was treating her like — again these are allegations and we need a full investigation — but if that was what truly happened it was like he was treating her like she was his property.”

“Just disgusting, creepy.”

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De Blasio also slammed the governor’s statement issued on Sunday about the sexual harassment accusations, in which Cuomo claimed he “sometimes” thought he was “being playful” at work and “made jokes” he believed to be “funny.”

“Sexual harassment is not funny,” the mayor said. “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”

“The two women who have come forward did a great service to everyone. It’s not easy. I feel for them. It’s very tough to be in that spotlight,” de Blasio also said. “By coming forward, they’re saying you can’t accept this. They’re also protecting the next woman or next person that it could happen to.”

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“I’ve seen him be abusive in a way that would not be accepted by anyone in leadership,” the mayor went on to say during the interview, adding that he had heard the governor use similar language that he allegedly used with Assemblyman Ron Kim during a phone call.

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Regarding the scandal involving Cuomo’s administration allegedly covering up the number of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths from federal prosecutors, de Blasio said, “Looking at the way the state handled this, it’s hard to feel assured that our seniors are safe going forward. If campaign contributions were part of why the state as lax […] toward nursing homes, that truth has to come out, too.”

The mayor also said that there needs to be an investigation into whether Cuomo was receiving campaign contributions from the nursing home industry.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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