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Another Chinese restaurant robbed

Published: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Another Chinese restaurant being robbed has been caught on tape again and circulated on social media.

This comes in wake of several robberies and other attacks against Chinese nationals over the past few months.

This time the Chinese restaurant in question is located on the Eastern Main Road between Petit Bourg and Mt Hope.

In the video, a gunman is seen entering the restaurant and shortly after he demanded money from one of the restaurant employees seen behind a burglar proofing counter.

The employee then moves his hand around as if he does not know how to open the cash register.

The video does not show the employee taking out money to give the bandit or how the situation ended.

When contacted, a member of the Chinese Association said Chinese restaurant owners were in need of protection.

He did not want to be named for fear of any reprisal attack.

“Yes, I think they need to do something. They (bandits) focus on the Chinese now and they need to find a way to give the Chinese protection. All the criminals focus on the Chinese. They think the Chinese are weak,” he said.

He said that many of the business owners do not report the crimes because they will be targeted.

In an interview, one of the employees said several businesses closed down due to the robberies.

He said seven restaurants along the main road in the Chaguanas area were closed for business over a period of time.

“Seven Chinese closed. It is trouble. Trinidad no good for Chinese. I want them (my family) go back (China),” he said.

Michael Pierre police public information officer said the Chinese nationals were not being targeted.

“I wont say they are targeted, when you look at comparative statistics from year-to-year it does not show an increase of Chinese businessman being robbed. We have to take into consideration we have a wide ethnic groups and they are a small amount and are a minority,” he said.

In an interview, one of the employees said several businesses closed down due to the robberies.

He said seven restaurants along the main road in the Chaguanas area were closed for business over a period of time.