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.

SAVE FRANK – 三百熟客助伦敦华人咖啡档声援示威

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。

众多华人包括华人资料及谘询中心主席杨庆权、保守党地区议员候选人潘凤娇及华人自民党创始人锺映翠均参加了示威。当地市长比格斯(John Biggs)也是咖啡档的常客。他也参加了示威,并表示会帮忙争取让王淼留在原地经营。

华人资料及谘询中心行政总监胡沛成表示: 伦敦近年来地产市道向上,住宅及商舖的租金亦不断上扬。地方政府为图利租出摊档旁空地本无可厚非,但不应租给同样以卖咖啡为主的Chiringuito餐厅,更不应使用欺压手段,把档主赶走。

胡沛成表示: 星期三是Chiringuito的新张晚会,当地居民发起示威希望社会关注事件,为华人咖啡档主取回公道。这次示威主要由咖啡档的熟客发起,证明当地居民十分喜爱他的咖啡和多年来友善的服务,其中还包括当地市长。他呼吁华人发挥团结力量,一方有难,八方支持,一同声援华人档主。

华人资料及谘询中心主席杨庆权表示: 中心为此事已再三到咖啡档了解。档主英语能力有限,却以良心经营,咖啡吸引众多当地客人,让他可以依赖收入养家。现在因为多次被借故驱赶,生意受严重影响,更面临被关闭困境。档主目前十分担心焦虑,健康亦大受影响。

杨庆权表示: 这次示威既有当地挺身而出的英国人,也有不少华人特意前来声援,十分难得。他指出:王淼的咖啡档不但是简简单单的卖咖啡,更重要是与当地居民建立的感情。他不但每一日给顾客送上关怀,天气冷时更为露宿者送上热咖啡。社会上需要更多这样的良心和爱心,绝不应把他驱赶。

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。

2016年地方政府把空地招标出租,竟然不顾咖啡档已在旁边经营多年,租给连锁式餐厅Chiringuito集团。教堂随后以不合地方政府安全规格为由,首次停止向咖啡档供电。

咖啡档透过地铁站安装电箱,却在2018年4月再次被断电。这次原因是新的餐厅开始装修,发现电箱位置属于餐厅范围,所以把电箱拆走。咖啡档先后两次断电,唯有改用发电机,却被地方政府投诉声浪太大,后来发电机更被偷走,还被留下种族歧视的字条。

Re London Chinatown 5 HOUR STRIKE

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.

Chinatown to host 5 HOUR STRIKE to protest against Heavy-handed Immigration Fishing Raids

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

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 info@ciac.co.uk.

2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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!

 

 

 

 

Chinese Guide to UK Living

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.