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Murder of Chinatown Leader a 'Complicated Case'
According to an NTDTV interview with San Francisco police, Allen Leung, influential 56-year-old Chinatown Community leader, was shot to death on February 27 inside his import-export business, Wonkow International Enterprises, at the corner of Jackson Street and Kearny Street in Chinatown.
The murder of Mr. Leung, Chairman of Chee Kung Tong, the historic Chinese fraternal organization, shocked the San Francisco Chinese community. The opinion among local overseas Chinese associations and Chinese people is that the murder was probably politically motivated.
Most local Chinese associations have come to know that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has started a large-scale consolidation of the CCP's interests in San Francisco through bribery and infiltration of the overseas Chinese organizations. As a result, some Chinese organizations have been bought out by the CCP, which has provided investment opportunities in Mainland China.
As a senior leader of various overseas Chinese associations in San Francisco, Leung wanted to re-organize the associations.
High-res image (1107 x 1513 px, 180 dpi) The murder of Leung not only shocked overseas Chinese, but also caused significant attention among political circles in San Francisco. The President of the Board of Supervisors, Aaron Peskin, and Board Member Fiona Ma proposed a resolution on February 28, to console Leung's family.
According to The World Journal, San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Maria Oropeza said, "It wasn't a random act. It appears this victim was an intended target and that this was not a robbery."
Another policeman said that Leung was a senior leader of overseas Chinese organizations, a fact that complicates the case. Any motive is possible. At present, the police think that the murderer was an Asian man in his thirties.
Most leaders of the overseas Chinese associations in Chinatown remain silent about the murder. They are not willing to make any public comments. However, when The Epoch Times interviewed several community leaders, most expressed the opinion that the case involved political motivations. They said that Leung had always been an eyesore for the CCP.
Pro-CCP Media Attribute the Murder to Infighting Among Underground Gangs
The murder occurred on February 27 at about 3 p.m., a time when the local police change shifts. Many employees of a nearby shop said that it occurred during a violent storm. They only heard some vague sounds, and it did not occur to them that they might be gunshots. Others said that they did not hear anything special and only became aware of the incident after the police sealed off the streets.
After the murder, local Chinese media with CCP leanings widely reported the event and spread fear. Reports emphasized that the murder took place even though Leung had asked for FBI protection. The reports also suggested that the cause of the murder was related to underground gang wars in order to divert people.
A senior local official of an overseas Chinese association who wished to remain anonymous said, "At present, Singtao Daily, the China Press, and Mingpao Daily reported that the murder was caused by infighting between gangs. Don't believe them. Everyone in Chinatown knows that Leung was a leader of human rights and democracy advocates. He stood resolutely against the CCP."
Leung opposed the CCP his entire life. He was blacklisted by the CCP and had never traveled to mainland China. Some in the Chinese community say that Leung had hoped to rid the San Francisco Chinese overseas association of the influence of the CCP and its representative Rose Pak and that he was in the process of organizing such a Chinese association.
Some local Chinese believe that the CCP is spreading terror in San Francisco to intimidate and warn leaders of overseas Chinese associations elsewhere who dare to oppose the CCP.
Leung Was Influential Among Overseas Chinese Associations
High-res image (1024 x 676 px, 180 dpi) Leung originally came from Hong Kong. He graduated from San Francisco State University and became heavily involved in the Chinese community. He was a committee member of the Taiwan Overseas Chinese Association and an executive of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. He had been a committeeman of the Economic Development of Chinatown Committee of the San Francisco city government, a senior member of American Hop Sing Tong, and an executive of Tung Wah Hospital, as well as other organizations.
Mark WP Liao, Director of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in San Francisco, said that Leung was ardent in public affairs and good at handling conflicts. He was a committeeman of the overseas Chinese committee for six years. He was a pretty good leader in the overseas Chinese communities. Jhao Chuan-shan, a committeeman of the Taiwan Overseas Chinese Affair Committee, said that Leung supported a free and democratic Taiwan. When the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association could not make decisions between the differing standpoints of China and Taiwan, Leung was quite influential in the final decision.
The CCP Infiltrated the Chinese Association and Complicated Matters
San Francisco is one of the largest cities in which Chinese people gather in North America. Originally, problems among the Chinese associations were less complicated. Later, because of CCP infiltration, more complicated situations arose among the associations.
The CCP gets people close to it to join associations. These people then work from within to separate and disintegrate these Chinese associations, and gradually supplant them with pro-Beijing infiltrators. This tactic strengthens China's presence.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle , an anonymous politician said that Taiwanese people presided over the Chinese Associations in the past but that the CCP has spent a great deal of time influencing people in San Francisco in recent years. This influence has caused some old Chinese people to reverse their viewpoints from anti-CCP to pro-CCP, and nowadays, the Chinese Associations are controlled by the CCP. The politician also said that you would see flags of the Republic of China (ROC) here and there in the Chinese associations five years ago. However, nowadays, there are many flags of the communist People's Republic of China (PRC). They are the new political power.
People hold many different views about the death of Allen Leung. Some think he was involved in the power conflicts within the Chinese associations. Most people suspect his death is related to politics. Allen Leung had said publicly that he supported a free and democratic ROC and that he had held this view all the time.
Regarding relations across the Taiwan Strait, Mr. Leung expected the CCP could devote itself to a political change and make both systems compatible for people on both sides of the Strait.
Mr. Lin, of San Francisco said, "Allen Leung was a man of great integrity. He fervently objected to the hanging of the five-star flag (the national flag of communist China). He was listed on the CCP's blacklist and had never been to Mainland China."
An anonymous person in the community said that after Mr. Sun Yatsen established the ROC, San Francisco has been holding parades on October 10 (National day of the ROC) every year. However, recently, since the CCP bribed many influential old Chinese people and the leader of the Chinese Association, the CCP was eager to stop the 10/10 parades. However, Leung's insistence was instrumental in the continuation of the parades in recent years. He was the kingpin of the anti-CCP movement, and the CCP considered him a thorn in its side.
San Francisco—Escape Destination for High Level CCP Officials
According to CCP insider reports, almost all top CCP officials are prepared to flee China. During the 2006 Chinese New Year celebration period, 270 CCP officials were arrested when attempting to flee China with hoards of money. They were intercepted at large international airports and highway toll gates. San Francisco was their most popular destination.
Jun Ping, a columnist who addresses China issues, said that the CCP's influence on the Chinese community in San Francisco and local government officials includes bribery with luxurious high-class travel packages, political benefits in business, political buy-offs, and threats. Some dishonest people are persuaded by the CCP. The purpose is to make San Francisco a safe haven for high-level corrupt CCP officials escaping from Mainland China.
It appears that Allen Leung's murder is part of the preparation for establishing a more "friendly" environment for a CCP power base in the United States.
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