The main entrance to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was set on fire Wednesday night in what Chinese officials are calling a ‘despicable attack’. Pictures of the consulate set aflame have been circulating across China’s social media and news sites ‘drawing expressions of outrage from commenters assailing the attack’.
The New York Times reports:
The consulate said that an unidentified attacker poured two buckets of gasoline onto the front door of the consulate and set it on fire, causing severe damage. No one was injured in the attack.
“The arson attack is a violent crime targeted at the Chinese consular institution in the United States, causing severe damage to the consulate facilities and posing a threat to the safety of the consulate staff and the residents living nearby,” said a statement by the consulate. “We urge the U.S. side to take all necessary measures to provide adequate protection for Chinese consular personnel and properties, and bring the culprit(s) to justice as soon as possible.”