China warns citizens travelling to Canada to exercise caution
China issued a warning to citizens on Monday, telling anyone planning to travel to Canada to exercise caution when doing so and citing "frequent violent actions" by law enforcement.
The warning comes amid growing tensions between Canada and Beijing over a controversial national security law passed last week, and after Mona Wang, a Chinese Canadian woman, was allegedly assaulted by an RCMP officer during a wellness check in Kelowna last month.
The 20-year-old University of B.C. student filed a civil claim against Const. Lacy Browning, Canada's attorney general, and B.C.'s minister of public safety and solicitor general, after video footage of the incident appeared to show her being stepped on and dragged by Browning.
The story went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo after it was shared by some of China's most well-known influencers.
Disturbing footage has been released where a UBC student was violently treated during a health check by an RCMP officer 😡-📹 Security Footage #Canada #UBC #RCMP #BritishColumbia #PoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/modqrp52Ml— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) June 23, 2020
The warning, which was published by the Chinese embassy in China on the WeChat messaging app platform, did not give any specific examples of the violent actions they were referring to.
Meanwhile, protests are being organized to take place across B.C. next Saturday, July 11, in support of Wang.
A notice for the event reads: "Show your support and protest for better wellness checks and accountability for police misconduct."
A petition in support of the nursing student has also garnered close to 350,000 signatures.
"We need to do better for our citizens struggling with their mental health. They should be met with trained professionals, not uniformed officers. The most vulnerable people in our communities should not be dragged down hallways, pulled by the hair, and stepped on in their times of need," reads the petition.
"We are calling on the RCMP and the Canadian Government to fire Officer Lacey Browning and charge her with assault."
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