倫敦華埠將與警隊建立常規溝通機制

倫敦華埠商會 8月15日與倫敦警隊會面。商會主席鄧柱廷OBE表示將與警隊建立常規溝通機制,定期會面,加強溝通,預料九月將會舉行首次正式會議。他表示:七月五日移民局及警隊在倫敦華埠粗暴執法,當日的警員主要由區外抽調到場,對華埠情況欠缺了解。華人一向奉公守法,希望透過定期會議,加強警民合作,改善關係。

英國華人7月24日發起千人示威抗議粗暴執法後,倫敦警隊已向華人社區致歉,並表示將會與華人社區舉行例會,探討方案,改善與華埠及社區的關係。警方在會上表示:移民局日後進行搜查行動前,將會預先知會當地警方,避免出現緊張情況。

鄧柱廷在會上又提到倫敦華人面對的治安問題,要求警隊日後多加跟進,改善有關情況。他指出:唐人街遊客眾多,希望警察加強巡邏,避免不法份子有機可乘。

華人資料及諮詢中心主席楊慶權地方法官表示: 警隊迅速道歉,並與華人建立溝通機制,顯示警方對華人的重視。希望日後的會議能制訂清晰的目標,並切實執行改善的方案。他又呼籲移民局儘速完成相關的調查,作出道歉,早日還英國華人一個公道。

London Chinatown met with local police to discuss a plan to start a focus group on policing. The first meeting is expected in September. CT Tang OBE, Chair of the London Chinatown Chinese Association explained that he hoped the regular meetings with the police will help to build trust and understanding.

Edmond Yeo, Chair of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre hopes that it will lead to real changes. The Chinese community wants to work with the law enforcement officers, and it is important that operations are carried out in a professional and respectful manner.

Chinatown was shut down completely to protest the discriminatory conduct of immigration and police officers during and following a raid by immigration officers on a restaurant on Thursday 5th July 2018, which resulted in a deaf Chinese woman being taken to the hospital. Since that incident, the Chinese community has been seeking dialogues with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police to address their serious concerns.