The House voted 230 to 199 to strip Greene of her committee assignments Thursday, with 11 Republicans supporting the decision. Two Democrats and one Republican did not vote.
Greene began her press conference by speaking about the importance of free speech.
“Free speech matters. Free speech really matters and yesterday when the Democrats and 11 of my Republican colleagues decided to strip me of my committee assignments – education and labor and the budget committee – you know what they did? They actually stripped my district of their voice. They stripped my voters of having representation to work for them.”
Greene has been under fire for her past antisemitic remarks as well as QAnon conspiracy theories and claims that school shootings and 9/11 were staged.
Greene delivered a speech before her colleagues Thursday, saying she regrets some “words of the past,” but did not specifically apologize for her remarks.
When asked by a reporter Friday if she has anything she would like to apologize for Greene responded, “Of course, I’m sorry for saying all those things that are wrong and offensive and I sincerely mean that and I’m happy to say that. I think it’s good to say when we’ve done something wrong.”
Greene declined to apologize for endorsing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s execution and ended the press conference when asked.
When asked about liking a Facebook comment arguing Pelosi should get a “bullet to the head,” Greene responded, “when you want to keep telling the same story over and over but don’t want to tell the truth, that’s your problem. And that’s how you end a press conference,” before walking away.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
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.
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.
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