Chinese Community feels targeted by criminals in Guyana

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China’s Ambassador to Guyana Cui Jianchun is concerned that Chinese businesses in the country are being targeted by criminals.

In recent times, a number of business establishments owned by Chinese have been burglarized, sometimes under circumstances of violence and murder.

Mr Jianchun relayed his concerns to the Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan and the Commissioner of Police Leslie James during a meeting Friday morning, a press statement from the Ministry of Public Security noted.

Minister Ramjattan and the Top Cop assured that Chinese Ambassador that “the crime statistics and the motives of those caught do not suggest any such profiling.”

The statement noted that “those who are victims are generally as a result of opportunistic criminals who prey on those who may have been unalert and vulnerable”.

The Guyanese officials informed Ambassador Jianchun, who agreed, that a meeting with the Chinese business community should be held as early as possible so that a number of concerns and questions can be directly answered.

They also promised to deploy additional police patrols in commercial areas of the city and other communities, the statement noted.

The Smart City Project, which will be funded through a loan from China, was also discussed at the meeting.
Minister Ramjattan used the opportunity to thank the Ambassador for the extensive support in assets and materials given to the Guyana Police Force and the training of a number of ranks and officers, the statement noted.

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