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Guangxi protesters demand Beijing aid gold miners caught in Ghana

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 7:40am
 

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Hundreds of residents took to the streets of Shanglin county, Guangxi, yesterday to demand the central government help relatives in Ghana after a series of attacks and looting targeting Chinese gold miners.

Protesters began to gather outside the county government office building at 10am, holding placards and banners with slogans such as "Violent crackdown against Chinese in Ghana, Chinese nationals have been robbed" and "Lack of action by the Chinese embassy in Ghana".

Thousands plan to travel to the capital of the autonomous region, Nanning , today to protest outside the regional government building.

A protester from the town of Mingliang said: "We are devastated these days whenever we receive long-distance calls from our relatives in Ghana. Thousands of them are now in danger of being robbed and attacked by local gangsters, robbers and even armed policemen."

Ghanaian authorities have detained over 160 Chinese in a crackdown on illegal mining and Chinese have since become the target of looting and attacks by locals because they are known for their wealth from gold mining.

Most of the illegal gold prospectors in Ghana are Chinese - an estimated 50,000 of them, with most from Shanglin county.

Francis Palmdeti, head of public affairs for the Immigration Service in Ghana, said some of those detained held residential permits that had expired, Bloomberg reported. "Repatriation will start once the migrants or the Chinese embassy pays for transportation costs," he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Beijing was liaising with the Ghanaian government and Chinese officials had visited and sent daily necessities and medical assistance to the detained, none of whom had been injured.

"We urged the authorities to stop Chinese citizens from being robbed and ensure their security and legal rights," Hong said.

The Chinese embassy would send officials on a fact-finding mission to the area, he added.

However, Shanglin county residents said several families had been told that their sons had been shot dead or severely injured since Sunday by armed robbers and gangsters. The Ghanaian government was not available for comment last night.

"From Sunday, I received at least 50 calls each day from Chinese nationals in Ghana for emergency help," said Su Zhenyu , secretary general of the Chinese Mining Association in Ghana. "According to the calls, at least five Chinese nationals have been shot dead in Kumasi, Obuasi and Dunkwa in the Ashanti region of Ghana."

He said it was difficult to keep a record of the toll because many Chinese mine workers were hiding in forests and local villages and had lost contact with their compatriots. Su said many Chinese wanted to return home, but they needed help from the central government to do so.

"There are too many robberies on those roads between Ghana's capital and mining sites," he said. "Many of the Chinese have been robbed, beaten and even shot on the way to the airport.

"Local gangsters target everyone who looks Asian, no matter whether you are a mine worker or own a restaurant."

A protester from Mingliang said: "More than half of the young men from Mingliang are in Ghana now. Fourteen male family members of mine are there. We're sorry we sent them to Ghana for illegal mining. But we beg the central government to help bring them home."

 

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johnrai7
What is the Central Govt. thinking? probably waiting 50,000 ppl. to reduce to 50 so can fit in a chartered Air China :D or someone @ hometown wants them dead so the gold is ALL theirs.. Hmmmm...
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
oh pls....if someone comes to your country and does something illegal...how would you react....come on folks in China, be fair ok....wrong is wrong...
scmp04
Here is a thought: Dont go to a foreign country to illegally strip it's natural resources.
Stephan
The main word in this article is ILLEGAL!They took the risk and now they want the Chinese Govenment to help them? How stupid can you be. Greedy is the first word that pops in my mind. Accept the consequences!
jenniepc
Most African countries are immature democratic system of violence, wanton, frenzied, and poorly educated lawlessness or even in Kidnapping business. Most Chinese people are hard workers. I understand that they want to get rich quick. Well, for many Chinese people grass is greener on the other side. I don’t think that those people knew the risk that they were taking. My husband is American born Chinese. I am a Taiwanese originally and yes, I am still Taiwanese and I am not ready to be an American yet. Well, many Chinese told me that I am very foolish, not to become an American.
Democracy is closely connected with properly governmental function, such as soundly constitution and legal systems impose in interests of community as well as the level of the education. What human right do people have if it lives in the countries, such as most African countries, Mexico, Pakistan, even India or other war torn countries, massacre helpless human beings almost every other days or weeks?
I just posted an article “Taiwan is a paradise on earth, or earthly h*ll???/台灣是人間 天堂, 還是人間的地獄??? The article has indicated If Taiwan does not want to become another chaotic Third World country, such as people kill each other or been massacred by others. Then, Taiwan is necessary to conduct a major reform within the system. Both English and Chinese versions on Taiwan UDN JenniePCChiang Blog or US Chinese World Journal Jenne’s Blog.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍
chaz_hen
I know the word "risk" is usually associated with most business ventures. These people went to Africa of all places thinking there was no risk? Heck, even people going into china to do business know to expect underhanded dealings, theft of copyrights, local protectionism and downright intimidation to drive them out of the market!
I blame the Chinese media and educational system for not preparing them. Wish them luck in their venture to strip a country of its natural resources.
pgrath1
I love Chinese - going to a sh**hole like Ghana to illegally mine gold! What balls they have!
Nothing will stop these people when they want something!
KwunTongBypass
If the Chinese Governments assist people who were "sent to Ghana for illegal mining" are we wondering that the new China is less and less respected in the world? Who the hell do these people think they are? ****s in Africa!!
HiggsSinglet
These confucius minded relatives of the illegal gold prospectors. What do they expect?
tkruemmer
China failed to learn the lessons about Africa, that Europeans, Soviets and Americans learned long ago.

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