Staff were seen driving out of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston on Friday, following the US ordering its closure on Wednesday after reports of Chinese officials allegedly burning documents in the building's courtyard late Tuesday evening. The US accused Chinese diplomats of aiding economic espionage.
As cars were exiting the building, scores of anti-Chinese government protesters were seen cheering on. A moving truck with a printer loaded on top could also be see on footage.
“This is one step American people waking up and defending our own rights because we think the CCP did something illegal and by shutting down by evicting them, we are telling them that you can't do something illegal to hurt people, hurt both American and all the Chinese people on American land,» stated protester Han.
Since the US' announcement to shut down the consulate in Houston, Beijing has condemned the move and ordered the American consulate in Chengdu to do the same, in a tit-for-tat move, after alleging its staff had interfered with internal affairs.
US and China have repeatedly clashed in the past months over their trade deal, the coronavirus pandemic, and China's imposition of a controversial new security law on Hong Kong.