HONG KONG—This past Saturday three individuals attempted to break into the print shop of the Hong Kong Epoch Times—the third suspicious incident in the past five months. The press shop’s supervisor believes these incidents have been orchestrated by the Chinese regime.
The print shop supervisor, Mandy, noticed that the metal gate at the print shop entrance was partially bent when she returned to work at 1 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 (Mandy prefers that her full name not be reported). There were many marks left on the gate by some metal object, and the gate lock was broken.
She called police, but after an investigation, the police said no one had tried to break in.
Later, upon checking the security camera video, Mandy saw that “at around 8 a.m. on Feb. 23, a few men wearing masks tried to pry the door open.”
Toward the end of October 2012, a drill bit was used on the front door lock of the print shop, although no break-in occurred.
The print shop is located on the 13th floor of a factory building. Around midnight on Dec. 31, 2012, seven men smashed the glass door of the building lobby.
After the men entered the lobby, they applied makeup to their faces, put on sun glasses, masks, and gloves, and entered the elevator carrying bags of tools. The building’s security staff did not realize the door had been smashed and asked the men through a speaker in the elevator how they had gotten in, since the front door was locked.
The security guard called the police and then went to the lobby to check on things. He then saw the seven men run out of the elevator and back out through the smashed door. The police arrived a few minutes later.
The police told Mandy that these seven men apparently had not come to steal anything, but may have come to sabotage the print shop. They warned her to be careful.
“The Epoch Times always makes efforts to expose the nature of the communist regime,” Mandy said. “I am pretty sure that those guys [on Feb. 23] were sent by the regime. They were young and showed they were familiar with the surroundings. From the camera video, they look cool-headed. Some guard the elevator on both sides, and they hung out there for about 13 minutes.”
She also said the police had come to ask for the video recording. “They will do their best to catch the men and enforce the law justly,” Mandy said.
During the day Monday, there were a number of police detectives and Crime Unit members on site. The security company of the factory building said they are going to increase the staff there.
The most serious incident targeting the Hong Kong print shop occurred in 2006. On the evening of Feb.28, the print shop of The Epoch Times Hong Kong was broken into, as several individuals simply smashed the glass front door and walked in.
While print shop staff called the police, the computerized formatting machine, worth HK$1 million, was destroyed. The print shop had to close temporarily. Since then, the Epoch Times Hong Kong print shop has made itself harder for would-be vandals to target.
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