As reported earlier this week, Chinese consuls from the San Francisco office recently made the startling ill-judged decision to try and strong-arm a small Oregon town into forcing a local businessman to remove a pro-Tibet mural. Here, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio slams the consuls on the floor of the House of Representatives for not only interfering in the domestic affairs of another country but also for being generally ignorant about the law of the country they work in.

I’m shocked, and appalled, that apparently Chinese professional diplomats have failed to read the Constitution of the United States of America before travelling here to represent their country. This represents the basis of our representative democracy, our freedom of speech, and our rights; and it will not be bullied by China or any other overseas interest.