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Chinese businessmen in Senegal protest against killing of countryman
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16:45, February 27, 2009

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Chinese businessmen staged a three-day silent protest in the Senegalese capital Dakar this week after a countryman was murdered in his residence.

A total of 214 Chinese shops joined the anti-violence stoppage between Tuesday and Thursday, according to Qian Guoguang, president of the Association of Chinese Businessmen in Senegal.

Chinese traders closed down their shops lining Dakar's Allee du Centenaire street to mourn over the death of Zhao Suiqin, 44, and protest rising crimes against them.

Zhao, a businessmen from China's Henan Province, was found dead on Feb. 20 in his residence situated at the Gibraltar avenue, his mouth being sealed and hands tied.

Chinese businessmen feel indignant about the killing, demanding the Senegal authorities bring perpetrators to justice and take security measures to protect their legal rights, Qian told Xinhua.

"In the past, some Chinese in Dakar were attacked by armed gangsters, but the criminals have never been brought to justice. We cannot work in such a situation," he said.

The Chinese Embassy in Senegal has contacted the Senegalese authorities, which promise to do all to capture the assassins.

Some local businessmen expressed solidarity with their Chinese counterparts by halting their own trade and voicing support for the protest in the media.

Three family members of the slain Chinese businessman arrived in Dakar on Thursday night, when their compatriots contributed 5.6 million FCFA (11,200 U.S. dollars) as a token of support.

Source: Xinhua

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