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Toronto’s mayor boycotted a Chinese flag-raising ceremony. Vancouver stopped a while ago. Here’s why some say the whole country should follow suit

Vancouver (Toronto Star) – On Tuesday, a Hong Kong police officer shot a protester. Last December, China arrested Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, both of whom remain behind bars. Meanwhile, the Chinese government continues to crack down on many groups including Christians, Muslims, artists, journalists and lawyers.
These are just some of the reasons Chinese-Canadians say the rest of the country should follow the example set by Vancouver city hall and refuse to hoist the red flag of the People’s Republic of China over government buildings.
“Canadians should think twice about the kind of message flying the Chinese flag sends — people in China could see this and think that the Chinese government controls Canada,” said Gao Bingchen, a Vancouver-based writer and community activist originally from Beijing.

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