Mystery over ‘Chinese police car’ spotted in Melbourne amid fears of ‘beijing intimidation’ against expats
- Melbourne car marked by Chinese police
- It comes in a secret Chinese police station report
A mysterious car bearing the markings of a Chinese police vehicle has been spotted in Melbourne, raising concerns over the CCP’s intimidation tactics.
This follows reports of Chinese secret police stations being set up in major cities around the world, including London, Glasgow, New York and Toronto.
A 2015 silver Nissan Maxima registered in Victoria has Chinese police decals and ‘Special Police’ on the rear door.
A silver 2015 Nissan Maxima sedan (pictured) has Chinese Police decals and text reading “Special Police” on the rear door.
Melbourne vehicles share similar markings to real police cars like this one seen here in Hangzhou, China
On the dashboard of this vehicle, oddly enough, is a box of cute toys and tissues that looks like a handicapped parking permit hanging from the rearview mirror.
The car was found in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs over the weekend and photos were posted on social media after details were given to police.
Victoria Police told the Daily Mail Australia they needed more information about the vehicle’s location in order to comment.
Similar fake Chinese police cars were spotted in Adelaide and Perth during Hong Kong protests three years ago, sparking outrage among pro-democracy activists.
Western Australian Police tracked down the owner of one of the fake police cars in 2019. The owner said he bought the decal online as a joke.
“Some people are scared of it,” said one pro-democracy organizer at the time.
“I find it highly inappropriate, especially when pretending to represent a foreign law enforcement agency in a Western country.”
Activists fear the new police-marked vehicle could be the latest escalation in China’s President Xi Jinping’s attempts to intimidate Chinese immigrants abroad.
Over 100 secret police departments are said to operate in 53 countries, with dark sites reportedly in the UK, Canada, US, Australia, and elsewhere.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government was “deeply concerned” by the allegations.
“We are following this up with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and are in the process of confirming that our intelligence system is taking this seriously,” he said last month.
Two of the secret police stations are said to be in Australia and ostensibly set up to “help Chinese immigrants” but instead “deport targets back to China for harassment, intimidation, intimidation and persecution.” will,” said the lobby group Safeguard Defenders.
Western Australian Police tracked down the owner of one of the fake police cars (pictured) in 2019.
Activists fear the new police-marked vehicle could be the latest escalation in China’s President Xi Jinping’s attempt to blackmail Chinese immigrants abroad.
China’s Wenzhou police had already set up a police “service station” in Sydney, according to a report released in December.
Nantong police are also reported to have installed it in an unknown location elsewhere in Australia, with Melbourne apparently being the second location.
Anti-Chinese Communist Party campaigner Drew Pavlow, who has been arrested multiple times for protesting against the Chinese government, has denounced the latest fake police car tactics.
“It’s illegal to impersonate a police officer in Australia, but impersonating a foreign police officer in Australia is fine,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“We know that the Chinese Communist Party is threatening the Chinese, Tibetan, Hong Kong and Uyghur diaspora in Australia, and we know that the Iranian regime is targeting protesters here as well.
“We need legislation to make foreign police impersonation illegal in Australia.”
The Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Chinese embassy for comment.