Crimes against Chinese expatriates rising drastically in Angola

20:44, November 10, 2009      

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Crimes by armed gangs against Chinese expatriates working in Luanda has risen drastically in recent months, posing a grave threat to business activities and the normal life of the Chinese community in the Capital city of Angola, senior Chinese businessmen said on Tuesday.

"Armed robberies, burglaries, rapes and other kinds of crimes against the Chinese people in Luanda are rising dramatically on daily basis. Life and work became very difficult in the capital city," Xu Ning, the chairman of the Chinese Business Council in Lunada told Xinhua.

Xu said he receives reports almost everyday in recent months from member companies and other Chinese institutions or individuals, who suffered from armed robbery and burglaries which resulted either in serious physical injuries or heavy losses of properties.

The chairman said that armed gangs in Angola seldom inflicted physical harms to their victims in the past, but now things began to change.

Three Chinese workers were robbed by members of armed gangs in the Cacuaco district of downtown Luanda on Oct. 31, who later spilled boiling water over the Chinese after they found the money they were carrying could not satisfy their appetite, Xu told Xinhua.

On Sept. 4, Xu Tonggou, a businessman from China's Zhejiang province, was shot dead by armed burglars in the Vianna district, after he tried to resist, marking the first loss of life in armed robbery in recent memory, Xu said.

On the same day, six armed men stormed into the construction site of China's jiangsu International Company in Luanda, pointing Ak-47 assault rifles at the Chinese workers, injuring some of them with batons before fleeing with three lap tops and cash in the safety.

Most of the violent cases occurred in the Benfica and Vianna districts of Luanda, where most of the Chinese expatriates live and work, Xu said.

The Chinese embassy in Luanda has intervened, and its Political Counselor Wang wei visited police headquarters in Lunda and demanded immediate action from local police to curb the violence against the Chinese people working in Luanda.

Wang Wei estimated that currently there are over 50,000 Chinese people working in Angola, which is China's largest trading partner in Africa.

Source: Xinhua
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