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.
伦敦华人王淼经营咖啡档养家十五年，地区政府怀疑与多方联手向他施压，欲把他赶走。当地居民及咖啡档熟客深感不忿，早前为他发起签名运动，8月8日星期三晚把行动升级，近三百多人举起救救法兰克(SAVE FRANK) 的示威牌，希望为王淼(英文名是法兰克FRANK) 取回公道。
这次示威亦获得黑人投票行动创始人伍利(Simon Wooley)的支持。伍利表示: 地方政府的做法十分不合理。档主多年勤苦工作养家，却遭遇种族歧视，被欺凌驱赶。他说透过群众力量可以给地方政府压力，为档主讨回公道，继续在原地经营。
咖啡档位于伦敦东区Bethal Green地铁出口，业主是伦敦交通局。旁边的空地属于Tower Hamlet地方政府，已丢置多年。咖啡档多年来向隔邻教堂租电，十五年来一直相安无事。
PROTEST DETAILS 24/07/2018
1200 Chinatown On Strike Starts
1230 Assembly at Newport Place
1300 March Starts
1430 Arrive at Home Office
1500 End of March
1700 Chinatown Re-Opens
The Protest is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association. Supported by the Chinese Information & Advice Centre, Monitoring Group/MinQuan and Chinese Groups all over the UK.
On Tuesday 24 July 2018, London’s Chinatown will witness a complete shutdown of all business premises including restaurants and shops.
At 12 noon, whistles will signal the beginning of a protest led by business & community leaders together with community activists and workers. The action will last for 5 hours and will also include a peaceful demonstration to the Home Office in Westminster.
The closure is in response to the discriminatory conduct of immigration and police officers during and following a ‘fishing raid’ by immigration officers on a restaurant on Thursday 5th July 2018. Not only were staff members at the restaurant treated with unreasonable aggression and handcuffed, a deaf and mute woman who started a peaceful protest by lying on the road was manhandled and nearly run over by an immigration van. When community leaders tried to intervene peacefully to calm the situation they too were treated with contempt and threatened with arrest. Finally, after two hours, the protesting woman was taken to the hospital and the area declared a crime scene, partly to disperse members of the public who began to complain about the behaviour of police and immigration officers.
There are other serious concerns that need to be answered by the authorities: They include:
* Why did the raid take place days after a roundtable meeting instigated by immigration officials to engage with the community and to build trust & goodwill with the business & community leaders?
* Why were the community concerns raised at the meeting ignored so blatantly?
* There are serious questions about the legality of the fishing raid: we now know the immigration officers left a notice (under Section 179 of the Licensing Act) in the targeted restaurant without explaining what it meant.
* However, licensing enforcement is the responsibility of the Local Council and not of the Immigration Department. We seek urgent clarification on whether the trusted Warrant procedures will now be abandoned.
* Why did the police disregard the protesting woman’s safety and welfare, given her serious disabilities?
London’s Chinatown is a vital component of London’s economy and a major tourist and cultural attraction. Its members have the right to be treated with respect and dignity and will not tolerate aggressive or discriminatory behaviour from enforcement agencies.
Mr CT Tang OBE, Chair of the London Chinatown Chinese Association urged everyone to join the protest on Tuesday 24 July 2018 to demand justice for Chinatown. He explained, Immigration officials have been citing Section 179 of the amended Licensing Act 2003 in their recent operations in Chinatown. Many restaurants feel this new provision, by the Immigration Act 2016, is a way to bypass the “Warrant” system which has been in place for many years. Many fears that without the courts to approve the warrants, immigration operations will no longer be subject to proper checks and balances.
Mr Edmond Yeo JP, Chair of the Chinese Information & Advice Centre says, he will RETURN the Commendation Letter from the Immigration Department of the Home Office if it can be established that the Immigration van had deliberately hit the elderly woman on July 5th. Yeo was devastated by this unfortunate incident and said that the Chinese Community would be determined to get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident. He feels that the authorities must engage with the community more to ensure such like incidents would not be allowed to happen again to stoke the catalyst of emotions, negative feelings & sensitivity of the community!
London Chinatown to host Public Forum with the Home Office (32A Gerrard St. London W1D 6JA).
The event is jointly organised by the Chinese Information and Advice Centre, the London Chinatown Chinese Association and the Overseas Chinese Service Center in London for the local community.
The event is supported by the British Chinese Project and the Home Office.
There is no admission fee and places can be pre-booked on 0300 201 1868 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.We are very honoured to receive this award and we will continue working hard to serve the community!
London Chinatown Chinese Association published a comprehensive directory on UK life for the Chinese Community.
The “Chinese Guide to UK Living” will be distributed free of charges in Chinatown and among community groups from June. The Guide includes all aspects about living in the UK, from birth to funeral arrangements. CT Tang explained, with many Chinese people who were not familiar with the public services in the UK, and whose mother tongue were not English, the guide with all the information in Chinese, would become very useful as they settled in the UK.