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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Chinese monitor racial attacks
Chinatown
Chinese business owners complained most of attacks
Racial attacks and harassment on members of London's Chinese community are to be monitored by a campaign group.

Min Quan - or Civil Rights - has been set up with the support of the Monitoring Group which provides assistance to victims of racial harassment.

Jabez Lam from Min Quan told BBC News Online they wanted to dispel the widely-held belief that the Chinese community suffered less from racial harassment than other minority groups.

"We want to raise awareness that the Chinese, like other ethnic minorities in this country, are victims of racial attacks," he said.

Jabez Lam
Jabez Lam: "Police need to take attacks more seriously"

"It is also an opportunity to link up with other communities to share experiences."

Mr Lam said that research done in London's Chinatown revealed that at least 75 people had been harassed or attacked in the last two years.

He said most of those attacked worked in Chinese-owned businesses such as restaurants or takeaways but such incidents were often not taken seriously by police.

At least 18 people had been arrested for defending themselves while their attackers went free, Mr Lam added.

"We aim to challenge such cases of injustice and demand explanations," he said.

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