Houston fire and police respond to reports of documents being burned at Consulate General of China
Houston police and fire officials responded to reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston Tuesday night, according to the Houston Police Department.
HPD said they began receiving reports that documents were being burned just after 8 p.m. at 3417 Montrose Boulevard where the consulate is located.
A small amount of smoke could be seen and smelled from outside. Dozens of Houston first responders arrived at the scene but they did not go into the property.
“You could just smell the paper burning,” a witness at the scene told KPRC 2. “But, all the firefighters were just surrounding the building. They couldn’t go inside.”
A Houston police source told KPRC 2 that the consulate and a compound on Almeda Road, where many employees of the consulate live, are being evicted on Friday at 4 p.m.
Videos shared by a viewer who lives next to the consulate show several open bins or containers with flames coming out of them. People could be seen throwing things into the flaming bins.
US has abruptly informed to close China’s consulate in Houston
The Chinese foreign ministry is out with a statement on Wednesday, confirming the closure of its Houston consulate, adhering to the US’ demand.
“China strongly condemns this “outrageous” move.”
“Urges the US to correct its wrong decisions or there will be retaliation.”
“The unilateral closure of China’s consulate-general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China.”
On reports of documents being burned in the Chinese consulate in Houston, says “the consulate is operating normally.”
This comes after the Global Times Editor, Hu Xijin, tweeted out earlier, “The US asked China to close Consulate General in Houston in 72 hours. This is a crazy move.”