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大温华社关注“泼咖啡”事件:枫叶反歧视协会致BC省长、省司法厅、列治文市府及RCMP的公开信

【加拿大乐活网lahoo.ca 讯】随着人们对亚裔歧视的重视,越来越多的案件得到社区关注。2021年3月底列治文渔人码头咖啡馆女店主被两位欧裔顾客辱骂种族歧视性语言并被女顾客将热咖啡泼在脸上一事,在华裔社区引发震动。

这次震动不亚于2019年8月,列治文停车场欧裔妇人自己停车不当、反而用歧视性语言辱骂被撞车主那件事。

特别是,咖啡馆事件中,网友揭露男顾客之前就有自己犯错却辱骂华裔的先例,当时使用的歧视性语言与这次泼咖啡时用的相同,更是引发极关注。

有些人认为,2019年的停车场事件是这一波亚裔被歧视的先锋案件。自从那个事件后,亚裔、特别是华裔被歧视的现象越来越多。而停车场事件的肇事者未能受到足够的法律制裁,在无形中助长了歧视风气。

因此,此次泼咖啡事件,许多华裔都希望有关当局能严格处理,不要让歧视性语言成为一些肇事者的口头禅,屡屡使用。

一些华社社团和群众积极行动,不仅去看望了咖啡馆事件受害者,也向BC省政府、列治文市政府和列治文RCMP写去邮件、发表公开声明,敦促有关当局尽快严肃处理此事,做到公开、透明,不仅让社区安心,更要对肇事者起到震慑作用,遏制对亚裔歧视、暴力的不良风头。

继CCAA华联会给列治文RCMP发出公开信后,MLARA反歧视协会也于4月7日给省长贺谨、省司法部长尹大为、列治文市政府和列治文RCMP发出电邮公开信,表达社会对此案件的关注。

中英文公开信如下:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 7, 2021

MLARA (Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association) stands against racism.

We demand action against acts of hate, hate crimes, and discrimination against people of Asian background in Canada.

On March 29 at 3.15 p.m., a man and a woman were filmed in the assault and racial abuse of a female Asian staff of a coffee shop on Moncton Street in Richmond. Police said they have arrested a suspect for assault but not for a hate crime in connection to the incident. The male suspect has also been filmed previously in 2019 making anti-Chinese hate comments.

MLARA and its supporters condemn this act of racial hate that has led to violence against a person of colour. We call upon the Richmond RCMP to revise its investigation to that of a hate crime, and for the Crown to press charges against the suspect in view of the solid evidence that has been presented. We believe the B.C. justice system and law enforcement agencies will do the right thing to uphold justice and protect all racial minority in our community.

On February 18, Premier John Horgan was reported to have called “for action on hate crimes” following an alarming increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.

Vancouver police data shows anti-Asian hate crimes surged by 717 percent, from a dozen in 2019 to 142 incidents in 2020.

MLARA calls upon Premier Horgan and the B.C. NDP government to make good its call and push for the prosecution of the violent racist act by this couple. This is needed to set an example that crimes against people on the basis of race must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Such racist behaviour and acts will continue if the government and enforcement agencies do not make it a criminal act.

The incident comes in the wake of the massacre in Atlanta, US, where eight people were shot dead including six Asian women, underlines the growing threat of racially-motivate hate against ethnic Asians in North America.

As an organization established in Vancouver, B.C., MLARA supported the #STOP ASIAN HATE event hosted on March 28, 2021 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Racism has no place in Canada! We must stand together to fight against racial and ethnic discrimination. Canada is built by immigrants who came to this country from around the world. We must unite as Canadians to build a better Canada for our children, and the generations to come.

2021年4月7日

枫叶反种族主义行动协会(MLARA)反对一切形式的种族主义。

我们要求立即采取行动,打击仇恨,仇恨犯罪和对亚裔加拿大人的歧视。

3月29日下午3点15分,在列治文蒙克顿街一家咖啡店的亚洲女性员工的袭击和种族事件中,一男一女被拍下了他们的种族歧视行为。警方说,他们已逮捕涉嫌袭击的嫌疑犯,但并未以仇恨犯罪逮捕嫌疑人。这位男性嫌疑人此前也曾于2019年在其他地点被拍摄到发表过反华仇恨言论。

MLARA及其支持者谴责这种种族仇恨言行,这种行为导致针对少数族裔的暴力犯罪。我们呼吁列治文皇家骑警将其调查修改为仇恨犯罪,并且鉴于已经提供了的确凿证据,检控机关对嫌疑犯以仇恨犯罪提起诉讼。我们相信卑诗省司法系统和执法机构会做出正确的决定,以维护正义并保护我们社区中的所有少数族裔群体。

据报道,在针对亚裔的仇恨犯罪事件急剧增加之后,卑诗省省长约翰·霍根(John Horgan)在2月18日的一次媒体会议上呼吁“对仇恨犯罪采取行动”。

温哥华警方的数据显示,针对亚裔的仇恨犯罪激增了717%,从2019年的12起增加到2020年的142起。

MLARA呼吁省长霍根(Horgan)和卑诗省新民主党政府积极回应我们的诉求, 起诉这对夫妇的暴力种族主义行为。这需要以身作则,以族裔为基础所犯的仇恨罪行必须在法律的全部范围内受到起诉。如果政府和执法机构不将其定性为仇恨犯罪行为,则这种种族主义言行将继续存在。

该事件在美国亚特兰大屠杀之后发生,该枪击案有八人被杀,其中包括六名亚裔女性,事件突显了在北美地区的种族仇恨威胁已经越来越大。

作为在卑诗省温哥华市成立的非牟利组织,MLARA支持于2021年3月28日在温哥华美术馆前举办的#STOP ASIAN HATE活动。

种族主义在加拿大没有地位!我们必须站在一起反对种族主义及基于肤色的族裔歧视。加拿大是一个由来自世界各地的移民建立的国家。我们必须团结所有加拿大人,一起努力, 为子孙后代建设一个更好的国家。

 

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