Two men were arrested on Monday in New York, in the United States, accused of helping to set up an unauthorized and secret police station on behalf of the Chinese government: according to the US Department of Justice, the secret police station would have been opened in 2022 in Manhattan, in the Chinatown area, with the aim of identifying Chinese pro-democracy activists active both in New York and in other parts of the United States and to repress their activity of criticism of the Chinese government. The two arrests are one of other measures taken by the US Justice Department in recent years, precisely to counter the Chinese government’s repression abroad.
The two men arrested are “Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, who lived in the Bronx borough, and Chen Jinping, 59, who lived in Manhattan. According to the Justice Department, the two men were acting under the direction and control of a Chinese government official, with whom they had deleted all communications once they learned of the investigation into them. For the same reason, also in 2022, they had closed the police station that had opened a few months earlier. Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping are accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice: they risk from five to twenty years in prison.
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