Two men, who are alleged to be pro-Beijing sympathisers, have physically assaulted an Australian woman while vandalising her car that had signage critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The incident occurred at Floriade car park on Oct. 4 at 4:10 p.m in Canberra, Australia’s capital, where two Chinese men were seen graffitiing signage on a car that read (in Chinese) “End the evil CCP (Chinese Communist Party).”
The owner of the car, a local Canberran woman, whose name The Epoch Times has withheld to protect her, recorded the incident on her phone before one man snatched her phone and proceeded to physically assault her.
In the footage, Nancy could be heard saying (in Chinese), “What are you doing?” five times before one man turned on her.
The man then grabbed her neck with his elbow, throwing her to the ground, and then proceeded to punch and kick her.
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Photos supplied to The Epoch Times show injuries sustained to the victim’s arms and elbows.
Holly Wei, a friend of the victim, said in a statement that the Canberran woman felt like this man was “a trained policeman who knew where to attack.”
A third person, a Chinese woman wearing black, appeared to be on the lookout for the Chinese men and was filmed during the assault.
When the victim approached her, she said, “Do you know what you are doing is not good for you? When the CCP collapses, you will go with it.”
In response, the woman in black said: “Why do you film me? I don’t know (them). Ah, you don’t know … ”
In a statement to The Epoch Times, ACT Policing said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and have urged anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“A report has been made to police that a woman returned to her vehicle to find two men spraying graffiti on it, and an altercation occurred,” the spokesperson said.
Former Senator Eric Abetz told The Epoch Times that the “alleged damage to property and even worse physical assault on a lady critical of a brutal dictatorship is an attack on an individual, [and] is an attack on free speech.”
He added that the attack is “a display of misguided loyalty to a regime which has a human rights record which Australians rightly find appalling.”
This comes amid a wave of withdrawals from the CCP and its affiliated resignations that has seen over 400 million Chinese people quit the CCP, according to Tuidang, the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party.
The Tuidang movement was triggered by an editorial series published in 2004 by the Chinese Epoch Times called “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.” The editorial series details the brutality and deception perpetrated under the totalitarian regime.
In Australia, “End CCP” car rallies have toured major cities across the country; however, this is the first reported case of an assault on an individual in Australia involved in the car event.