Rep. Peter DeFazio is criticizing Chinese diplomats for trying to urge the mayor of Corvallis into forcing a local business owner to take down a mural advocating independence for Tibet and Taiwan.
The Corvallis Gazettle-Times reports that the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco complained about the mural in a letter to Mayor Julie Manning last month, then sent two high-ranking officials to Corvallis to press their case in person.
Manning told the Chinese diplomats that freedom of expression is protected under American law.
DeFazio said on Wednesday he’s appalled Chinese diplomats have failed to read the U.S. Constitution.
Painted by Taiwanese artist Chao Tsung-song, the mural depicts violent repression of Tibetan protesters by Chinese riot police and defiant images of Taiwan. China considers both regions part of its territory.