Published on 15-08-2016 Changed at 15-08-2016 at 21:07
Relatives and family members pay tribute to Zhang Shaolin killed in an attack in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, August 14, 2016.
A week after the murder of a Chinese in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, the community suffering daily attacks, decided to react.
A dozen men gathered on August 15 in a restaurant in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, eyes glued to their mobile phones. They stand ready to intervene in case a member of the Chinese community is attacked in the vicinity.
One of them, Yvon Sun, was himself attacked four times last month. “In all areas of La Courneuve and Aubervilliers, the Chinese are daily victims of aggression and violence,” he testifies.
The Chinese community in North Paris then proceded to organize themselves. Now, they never go out alone, explains Charly Shen. “In this group, we will try to return home together, we’re going to pick up each other at subway station to avoid being attacked,” he explains.
Increasing incidents of aggression
For the Chinese community in France, there is anger still, a week after the deadly attack on a 49 years old Chinese in Aubervilliers. The man fell at the hands of three men in the street. It is far from being an isolated case. Racist attacks against the Chinese are multiplying for several months. They therefore got organized to better secure their movements.
Rui Wang, spokesman of the Association of Chinese youth of France (AJCF), says that Asians represent an easy target because they are the cliche victims. “They think that the Asian is a safe and easy target, and so they’re attacking him, he says. At first we joked on ‘the other’, we attacked in words. Gradually it comes to actions. Today, first drops of blood were shed. We would not want that tomorrow others suffer the same fate.“
A petition on the Internet to denounce the anti-Asian attacks had collected 9000 signatures on the evening of August 15.
[Translators note: the article carefully fails to mention who the aggressors are. But one may guess its not the indigenous French]