So profound is the hypocrisy of the mainstream media in the English-speaking world that racial violence against a significant but still small minority in a major Western city has been ignored. The big rally against persecution by Chinese in Paris and its unpleasant aftermath seems not to have attracted a single report in English. The report below is a rough translation from a French source
Thousands of Chinese marched Sunday in the Belleville district of Paris to protest against the violence which they say targets them, an event that ended with a few skirmishes.
Approximately 8,500 people, according to police, took part in the march organized by a group of Franco-Chinese associations between rue de Belleville and the Place du Colonel Fabien in a neighborhood transformed last ten years by an influx of new Asian immigrants. According to organizers, it is the largest event ever held in this community in France.
“Make Belleville a peaceful neighborhood,” chanted the demonstrators, alternating whistles and slogans in French and Chinese and wearing t-shirts and stickers on which were inscribed the words “Safety for Everyone”.
“We decided to take to the streets after an assault at a wedding banquet in Belleville recently” said Huong Tan, a spokesman for the group, worried that the situation will deteriorate “If the authorities do not react”. For the first time, he said, “People from the community have responded to violence with violence. We do not want that to happen again.”
For several months, according to the collective, assaults and violent robberies targeting Asians have been increasing in eastern Paris. “The attackers are often groups of young people who live here,” says Huong Tan.
Several protesters explained that Asians are “prey” to their attackers. “At our weddings, they are attracted by the fact that we do not give material gifts but give money,” said one trader who says he sees petty crime in the surrounding shops “several times a day”.
A florist in the area underscores the vulnerability of certain members of the community: “Those who do not speak French or do not possess valid papers will never complain.”
In the crowd, a young man shows off a photo of a woman’s face swollen. “Last Sunday, she received a bowling ball in the face because she did not want to give her money to an assailant,” said Shi Weiming, who works for the establishment of an association defending the victims.
The mayor of the twentieth district, FrÃ©dÃ©rique Calandra, encouraged the community to better organize: “We must have contacts,” she said.
The group calls for “concerted and coordinated action” by the prefect of police and mayors in this area — which straddles four districts — to “strengthen the security features and prevention.
“If the problem persists, we will be even more at risk,” warned Chan Sing MB, the president of the collective, whose remarks were translated by a spokesman.
The event, which was joined by the adopted daughter of Jacques and Bernadette Chirac, Anh Dao Traxel, of Vietnamese origin, broke up from 16:30.
Clashes erupted, however, “between fifty young participants at the event and a dozen young people outside the train station, after which which three individuals were arrested, police said.
According to testimony gathered by the AFP on the spot, the incidents were caused by the theft of a bag from a protester.
There is quite a lot that is “politely” ignored in the report above by Agence France Presse. That it is overwhelmingly blacks and Arabs who are the attackers, for instance. A really gross omission however is that, after the rally, Asians were attacked throughout the city on their way home — by blacks and Arabs. There is some video of that below.
YouTube link here. The video was taken by Arabs who appear to be laughing as they watch Chinese being assaulted.
The Beijing People’s Daily now has an English-language report of the matter — but again studiously ignoring the racial dimension of the matter.
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