Chinese Communist Party Member Helps Detain Monterey County Protester

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Chinese protesters rallied Tuesday in front of the Monterey Park Police Department to submit a letter of complaint alleging that Monterey Park police allowed a suspected member of the Chinese Communist Party to assist in the arrest of Fenglin Jiang during a Sept. 15 protest supporting the release of political prisoners in China.

According to protesters, Chester Chong, or Zhuangpei Yuan, introduced himself as a policemen the day of the Barnes Park protest and handed a Monterey Park officer handcuffs to restrain Jiang, who police say was interfering with their attempt to keep the protest peaceful. Protesters also claim Chong is a member of the Chinese Communist Party and was at the Sept. 15 event monitoring anti-Communist activities in the United States.

Chong, president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, is very active in the Chinese American community, according to Tuesday's group of protesters. He is also active in Chinese politics, representing the Xinjiang province in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a majority Communist advisory body in China, Chinese news source Xinjiang Television reports.

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