Geoff Leong, celebrated restaurateur and owner of the Dumplings’ Legend in London’s China Tow, has claimed that there has been a horrific increase of violence and racist antics against the overall Asian- British community throughout the months of quarantine.
There has been results of assaults, school bullying and a generous amount of taking spit from random strangers. And Leong himself has received a blow from the crisis, as his silver Mercedes’ four tires were all discovered slashed while it was parked outside his home.
The most tragic consequence of this vandalism is that his wife, Claire, happens to be an NHS doctor and she will have more obstacles to treat patients on time. All because of a very short-sighted racist acts of damages.
Mr Leong currently resides on a seat at the Covid Anti-Racism Group set up this month to coordinate cooperation between Scotland Yard and the South East Asian community.
He told the media: ‘There has been growing anti-China racism since the pandemic took hold by people who hold China responsible for the spread of the virus.One woman told us how someone pushed her off her bike and told to take her virus back to China.
The parents of an 11-year-old girl told us how their daughter was left out of activities at school in January and February because she “would give everyone the virus” And at China Exchange we had a volunteer spat at in the street and an intern who had a man back her out of a tube train while yelling that she shouldn’t infect everyone.
‘It’s possible that someone living locally who knows that I am of Chinese-heritage has seen me getting in and out of the vehicle and decided to stab the car tyres as some sort of retaliation for coronavirus.
No other car on the street was touched, just mine.I’ve reported the matter to the police as a potential hate crime and they have been out and taken photos of the damage. ’
He has currently platstered the words ‘Why? Who did this to a doctor’s car, 4x wheels stabbed!’ and ‘How is my NHS doctor going to get to work today?’ to make a public statement, and pose a moralistic hamper down any future assailants. He painted over the word ‘WHY? on each tire which was damamged.
‘That’s why I left all those messages over the car, I want them to know that they’ve basically hindered a doctor trying to save lives.
I want the wider community to know what they’ve done.I’ve lived in Britain since I was 10-years-old, I was schooled here. The Chinese community have given a lot to this country, many nurses and doctors who work for the NHS have come from China or Hong Kong.
It is distressing for us to go through as a family.If there are people out in the community who have a grudge against me – or the Chinese community – and have done this then they need to be exposed. ’
The Metropolitan Police has put out the following statement following this particular incident: ‘Police were called on Wednesday, 22 April to reports of criminal damage to a car. The owner of the vehicle reported that the car’s tyres had been slashed. There have been no arrests at this stage.’
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