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Algiers tense after clashes with Chinese traders
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By Abdellah Cheballah (AFP) – 2 days ago

ALGIERS — The streets of Algiers are deserted following clashes between Chinese and Algerian traders, but the tension is palpable despite comments by Beijing's envoy describing the unrest as an isolated incident.

"I thought I was going to die," said Abdelkrim Salaouda, sitting on a chair in front of his shop selling household electrical goods in the city's Bab Ezzouar quarter, 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the city centre.

According to Salaouda, the clashes broke out over a dispute on Monday afternoon between a Chinese man and a young Algerian who was accused of having parked his car near his shop.

His brother came to his aid, but around 50 Chinese men, armed with swords, knives and iron bars then set upon the Algerian traders in support of their compatriot, residents said.

"I was going towards my neighbour's shop when a group of Chinese attacked me and gave me a thrashing," said Salaouda whose head is still wrapped in a bandage.

"At the hospital I had to have seven stitches," he said.

"The Chinese have taken advantage of the kindness of the Algerians. They were accepted despite their faults, today they are attacking us," added one of Salaouda's employees Mounir.

"They drink alcohol in front of their shops and in full view of the Algerians and often parade about in shorts in the area. This sort of behaviour is against our religion and our culture," said Abdellah, another resident.

Since Monday police cars have been patrolling the area along with plain clothes officers.

Salaouda believes that the Chinese traders might now, however, be regretting their behaviour after they suggested mediation in order to sort out their differences amicably.

"We don't want them here any more. The only thing for them to do is to go back to China," he said, surrounded by dozens of neighbours who nodded in agreement.

The residents had also signed a petition to the authorities calling for the Chinese to be asked to leave, he added.

The usually bustling area was on Wednesday deserted.

All the shops belonging to the Chinese traders were closed and none had appeared in public since the incidents, according to locals.

"They are afraid of possible reprisals. On Monday evening young people from neighouring areas attacked four or five shops belonging to the Chinese," said another man speaking on condition of anonymity.

The police had to intervene late in the evening, he said.

China's embassy in Algiers on Wednesday played down the violent clashes as an isolated incident unrepresentative of normal relations.

"This isolated incident does not reflect the relations between Algerians and Chinese," an embassy spokeswoman said, adding that China "had confidence in the Algerian police" to shed light on the violence.

Chinese traders have flooded the North African country, selling goods at cut throat prices and sparking growing local resentment.

The embassy spokeswoman said that China's ambassador to Algeria had visited the scene of the violence and "asked our nationals to respect the customs and traditions of the Algerians, to promote the spirit of good neighbourly ties."

Around 25,000 Chinese currently live in Algeria, according to the Algerian media, working mainly in commerce, telecommunications, and the building trade.

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Around 25,000 Chinese currently live in Algeria, according to the Algerian media, working mainly in commerce, telecommunications, and the building trade.
This isn't much of a story in my opinion. There are racial tensions all over the world, regardless of race. There are 480,000 Chinese living in Toronto alone. Small disputes are bound to occur once in a while.

I wouldn't be surprised if the migrant Chinese workers don't know the local customs. They wouldn't, if no one is available to let them know. Eventually, when the immigrant group becomes more successful than the host people, resentment occurs. That's very unfortunate because it should encourage native Algerians to work harder to remain competitive.
 

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Swords and iron bars? Were they also wrapped in newspapers? These guys sound like they were triad gangsters out of a HK movie lol. Maybe they should just get locked up.
 

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This isn't much of a story in my opinion. There are racial tensions all over the world, regardless of race. There are 480,000 Chinese living in Toronto alone. Small disputes are bound to occur once in a while.

I wouldn't be surprised if the migrant Chinese workers don't know the local customs. They wouldn't, if no one is available to let them know. Eventually, when the immigrant group becomes more successful than the host people, resentment occurs. That's very unfortunate because it should encourage native Algerians to work harder to remain competitive.
migration is the problem.
you can see in the anti Uyghur sentiments when Uyghurs move to Guangdong to work, anti Han sentiments when Hans move to Xinjiang, Chinese going to Africa, Asians going to Russia, etc. its best people work in their own areas.
 

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migration is the problem.
you can see in the anti Uyghur sentiments when Uyghurs move to Guangdong to work, anti Han sentiments when Hans move to Xinjiang, Chinese going to Africa, Asians going to Russia, etc. its best people work in their own areas.
I don't think that's the right attitude, people should just try to understand each other. It doesn't matter if it's Asians, Europeans, Africans, or whoever.
 

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migration is the problem.
you can see in the anti Uyghur sentiments when Uyghurs move to Guangdong to work, anti Han sentiments when Hans move to Xinjiang, Chinese going to Africa, Asians going to Russia, etc. its best people work in their own areas.
Jorge,

Uighurs are moving into Urumqi because there is no work in Kashgar. You have to remember Uighurs are the new immigrants in Urumqi. That city is 85% Han/Hui.
 

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I don't think that's the right attitude, people should just try to understand each other. It doesn't matter if it's Asians, Europeans, Africans, or whoever.
That is not as simple as it said. Basically wealthy and ability for people to achieve their dreams and afford their needs, will ensure their mind is still calm and they are more tolerance with each other.

Poverty and unfair in wealth distribution is the reason people to easily attack other people. It's like releasing stress (because they are poor and suffering), they blame other people because of their poverty (social-economy jealousy), they have time to do this (because of high rate employment and no money to get entertainment to became busied by himself) and the last most importance reason is to looting.

What ever their reason, they want to loot. And the shop owners can bankrupt at that day. I experience this, In my country, I'm a minority, and majority of the people love to make a similar riot and loot our goods. They have tons of righteous reasons to make their act legal and not a sin.

They always blame Chinese because of this, because of that, even to the smallest mistake (unbelievable to be counted too), and they starting to loot.
 
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