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Expel Chinese Consul Who Rallied New York Mobs, Says Lawyer
Cindy Chan, The Epoch Times
The U.S. should expel the Chinese consul who has been encouraging violent attacks on critics of the Chinese regime in New York Citys Flushing Chinatown, says a prominent human rights lawyer.
On May 17 a mob of hundreds swarmed a small rally on the sidewalk outside the Flushing Library where volunteers had set up a booth to allow Chinese people to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The mob shouted, spat, threw eggs, and physically attacked the small group.
The booth is staffed predominantly by Falun Gong practitioners who for the past three years have regularly distributed literature there detailing abuses carried out by the communist regime.
Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that has been the target of an unprecedented level of persecution by the CCP since 1999.
Since May 17, pro-CCP Chinese have continued to physically and verbally assault the practitioners as they tend their booth in Flushing Chinatown.
According to an official statement from the New York Police Department, at least six people have been arrested for carrying out the attacks.
In a recorded conversation obtained by The Epoch Times, Consul General Peng Keyu boasted about encouraging the violent attacks.
They came over after they fought with Falun Gong and I shook hands with them one by one and thanked them, Peng is recorded saying.
The call was recorded on Wednesday, May 21. In the recording, Peng admits concern over being discovered and says he encouraged secretly members of the mob.
I went there the day before yesterday, and also three days ago, said Peng in a translation of the phone call. I usually park my car far from the scene because I must avoid being seen.
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My view is that the Chinese consular official who orchestrated all this should be expelled from the United States, he said.
Its not just counter-demonstrations theres actually physical assault and the right of free expression is being jeopardized in the United States … This is being done by a foreign tyrannical government which does not practice freedom of expression at home.
Noting that the U.S. should simply not tolerate that, Mr. Matas added that it is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations which prohibits embassies and consulates from getting involved in the internal affairs of the country in which they are hosted.
Condoleezza Rice, who is the Secretary of State for the United States government, can expel this consular official as persona non grata on the basis of his behaviour and I think she should do so, said Mr. Matas.
If the U.S. government agrees, under the Vienna Convention China is obligated to either recall the person concerned or terminate his functions with the consular post. If China does not carry out this obligation, the U.S. may refuse to recognize Mr. Peng as a member of the consular staff.
Mr. Matas also suggested that Falun Gong practitioners ask U.S. authorities to investigate the possibility of laying charges if they can identify the individuals responsible for the attacks.
The attackers could potentially go to jail if convicted. If they are not U.S. citizens but only have temporary status in the U.S., then if convicted they could lose their status and face expulsion from the country.
However, Mr. Matas said If you just pick up one of the demonstrators the puppeteer would just move on and get others, but if you go directly to the person whos pulling the strings, thats going to have the most impact. Ultimately, if the consul was expelled, that would stop it, said Mr. Matas.
Mr. Matas is a renowned human rights lawyer based in Winnipeg, Canada. He received a top award last year from the International Commission of Jurists in recognition of his outstanding contribution to both domestic and international human rights.
In 2006, he co-authored a report with Hon. David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, which confirmed allegations that the Chinese regime has been removing and selling vital organs from thousands of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience, killing them in the process.
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