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Belize Chinese businesses closed to protest murder of businessman

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Chinese community in Belize said it will shut down all Chinese-owned groceries and gaming centres on Sunday protest the recent spate of armed robberies that left one Chinese dead.

Businessman Bainan Wu was shot dead on Monday night by a lone gunman who entered his business demanding money.

The gunman escaped without any money, but as he fled, fired a shot that hit the businessman in his temple.

The Belize Chinese Association in a notice said that while it mourns the “death of our fellow countryman who was senselessly killed … the entire Chinese community and businesses countrywide will be closed for business” on Sunday in solidarity.

The shutdown is not the first by the Chinese community. In 2005, Chinese businesses were closed after 26-year-old Lou Xiao Yue, better known as Susan Yue, was killed in Orange Walk.

Five years later 14 year old Hellen Yu was killed in Belize City prompting fellow Chinese business owners to close down for a day of business.

Another smaller shut down took place in 2011 when Zhou Ang Tan was killed in Orange Walk.

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