A Ugandan entrepreneur in China, is living in fear as local Chinese officials are reportedly using intimidation tactics to keep him from exposing the mistreatment of Black people in China, especially in Guangzhou. The southern China port city and trading hub has seen a recent flare-up of discrimination against people of African descent as officials blame them for a resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.
Daniel, who’s using an alias to protect his identity, told Atlanta Black Star exclusively that Chinese government officials police arrived at his home Thursday requesting his documents and the names of everyone he knows in Guangzhou. He was asked to explain his relationship with Ugandan politician and activist Bobi Wine, who’s working closely with Atlanta Black Star CEO Neil Nelson to airlift those impacted by racism in China back to their home countries.
Daniel remains steadfast that Chinese officials have little to work with because he has legal documents to reside and work in China, but he believes his family back in Uganda is also facing pressure. “They’d call my people back home and tell them to tell me to stop doing whatever I’m doing in China or else they’ll have me arrested,” Daniel said. It’s unclear how Chinese officials were able to contact Daniel’s family.
The previous day officials had summoned him to an office, where immigration police interrogated him for nearly an hour. Daniel captured the entire experience on video without the officials’ knowledge. The clips are below in the parts.
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Officials have warned Daniel to stop posting negative information about China on social media. However, the young businessman, who believes he’s being monitored, is willing to do what it takes to be a voice for the voiceless.
“I’ve got desperate people crying and waiting to go home without any hope. I cannot even tell them about the police harassments I keep getting.”