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Overseas Chinese In Paris Protest Violence, Demand Security

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. A man is pictured with a t-shirt that reads in French : "I love Belleville". AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. A man is pictured holding a poster that reads in French : "Stop violence". AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

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20,000 overseas ethnic Chinese demonstrate in Paris protesting violent robberies

On the 20th, over 20,000 overseas ethnic Chinese organized a massive “anti-violence, demand public security” demonstration, protesting Paris’s poor public security situation as well as the long-term violence and robbery targeting overseas ethnic Chinese. Cases of Chinese tourists being robbed in Paris have happened time and time again, with even the vice-chairperson Uyunqimg of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee having also been previously robbed during a visit to Paris.

Ethnic Chinese in Belleville (Paris), France demonstrate protesting violence and robberies targeting ethnic Chinese.

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. A woman is pictured with a t-shirt that reads in French : "I love Belleville". AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. A man is pictured with a t-shirt that reads in French : "I love Belleville". AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

Chinese in Belleville (Paris), France protest violence and robberies targeting ethnic Chinese, demanding public security from French officials.

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

A Chinese person stands atop a van in Paris, France during a large demonstration.

Members of Paris' Chinese community take part in the demonstration organized by franco-chinese associations to call for "the right to live together in security" on June 20, 2010 in the northeastern Paris' Belleville district. A man is pictured with a poster that reads in French and Mandarin : "Live in France without fear". AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS

French and Chinese in Belleville (Paris), France protest violence and robberies targeting ethnic Chinese, demanding improved public security.

French and Chinese in Belleville (Paris), France protest violence and robberies targeting ethnic Chinese, demanding improved public security.

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Comments from NetEase:

网易北京网友:

Why do they rob you? Because you are weak. Beat them up. The place I live is bad. At night when exiting the subway station, I’ve run into Middle Eastern robbers so many times. Every time you must fight them, and give them a few extra hits. Now when I go home, that group of people don’t bother me for money anymore. Actually, the robberies abroad in each neighborhood are always by the same few people. The more tough/vicious you are, they will naturally leave you alone and go bother other people. Foreigners and Chinese robbers are not the same, they really just bully the weak and fear the strong while Chinese robbers will rob your money and then stab you a few times anyway…

网易英国网友:

My schoolmate in France sought out the [Chinese] embassy’s help after experiencing many attacks and then actually being arrested by French police for self-defense but the embassy just took a conciliatory [deal with it, don’t make trouble, not important enough] attitude, so [my schoolmate] could only just bitterly accept what happened…

网易美国网友:

Chinese people need to buy less luxury goods, use less Big Mao [high denomination] cash, and show off less.

网易法国网友:

I was a participant in the Belleville France demonstrations. There were far more than just 20,000 people, at least over 50,000 people.

网易火星网友:

Want safety? Return to the motherland!

网易河南郑州网友:

Yeah, if France is so bad, why don’t you guys come back? Come back and everything will be harmonious! Hehe.

网易美国网友:

Overseas Chinese can only unite and protect themselves. Don’t expect anything from the embassy. These GP always just tell you to obey the law [be unhelpful].

网易福建泉州网 友:

I heard about this news when driving this morning, that they even specifically target Chinese nationals for robbery, those bastards. Also, [France’s reaction] is really inexcusable, simply allowing them to rob Chinese, not even trying to stop them, simply letting them go after arresting them. No wonder they are so savage…Chinese need to unite to fight back…

网易河南郑州网 友:

Get lost, don’t ever come back. There you can still demonstrate. If you come back, your house will be destroyed, then they’ll beat you, and you’ll spend N years appealing to higher authorities until you die and have no place to be buried.

网易湖北孝感网友:

I’m a soldier who just left the military, and I think Chinese people need to be stronger. Don’t be a weakling. What is there to be afraid of? There is the People’s Army.
If they don’t like it, let’s have a third world war.

网易浙江杭州网友:

Us Chinese people have always been stupid cunts, a despicable people, so it is normal to be robbed abroad.
Not only do we not fight back when getting robbed, we even help them count the money.

网易浙江宁波网友:

I never trust the Chinese people abroad. Even if it is asking for directions, I’d rather ask a Middle Easterner than a Chinese person.

网易火星网友:

Without tough diplomatic sanctions, this is simply of no use.

网易广东江门网 友:

Seeing Chinese people unify together, I’m truly moved. Chinese people in any country are facing the same experience, not just France. Everyone unite!

网易新疆乌鲁木齐网友:

Yes, Chinese people should get the respect they deserve and not just Chinese but also every other race. Public security must be restored. The Chinese in France have only done something they should do. When you have endured so much that you cannot endure any long, there is no need to endure further…

网易辽宁大连手机网友:

They deserve it. How many Chinese people abroad are actually good people? They’re all basically relatives of corrupt officials.

网易火星网友:

We [in China] should rob any French people we see!

Some more YouTube videos (English):

Violent attacks and robberies in romantic Paris? chinaSMACK personals.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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