Category Archives: Chongqing

[Community] A Congolese petitioning in China: ‘Chongqing Municipal Police: Release information in relation to Gerald Allah-Ompolo’s case’

A petition submitted to Avaaz.org

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“UPDATE: Gerald has been informed that his trial date has been put back to June 2nd, giving more time for the release of the evidence to take place. This is good news. Please continue to support this petition and Gerald’s pursuit of justice by sharing and signing.

Why this is important

When an African student and his girlfriend were attacked by a group of racists, in China, he was arrested by the same police that they called to their defence. Furthermore he’s not had any evidence released to him or his embassy and no action is being taken against his attackers.

Gerald Allah-Ompolo is the Congolese son of a doctor and customs official from Brazzaville. When he was at school he enjoyed literature and had dreams of being a judge. He studied Law in Brazzaville, before moving to China 7 years ago, to study to be a legal translator. He first went to Beijing and fell in love with the country, before deciding he wanted to study in a place with fewer foreigners, so he could get a deeper understanding of China. 4 years ago he moved to Chongqing in China, where he was drawn to the local culture, a year later he met his girlfriend and things have been going very well, excepting an incident on 17th August 2014.” (KEEP READING HERE)

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[Community] Trials and tribulations of foreigners in China: ‘on the sad reality of blacks in the PRC’

Via Faaji House

Dear family! Please read this message carefully, this is the story of a countryman living in Chongqing through which the association seeks the assistance of the entire Congolese, or foreigners, or black community

Hello, I am a student of Master degree Congolese (Congo Brazzaville), residing in the People’s Republic of China, in the city of Chongqing in southern China. My name Allah Ompolo Gerald. After so many years, Sunday, August 17, 2014 in downtown Chongqing I was attacked by seven young Chinese people including 3 girls and 4 boys. The cause “I have a Chinese girlfriend” verbal aggression first, xenophobic … I did not say a word. But my girlfriend responded in these terms “black is not a person?”

Well then one of them braked loose and started to beat my girlfriend when I started to apologize the other 2 attack too. Meanwhile three people were hitting my Chinese girlfriend. I managed to drive her away, once gone, she alerted the police.

These young people had bottles to hit me, in fact I defended myself, gave a single punch at one of them! The police arrived then embarked me for interrogation, then after two weeks in prisons without reason, they told me the guy who received my fist was in the hospital and had surgery, so I had to pay money.

After 2 weeks my embassy paid a bail of 30,000 RMB. Despite the surveillance video which prove my innocence, the testimony of the witnesses and my girlfriend, after so many interview … The police, justice, and the family of the alleged patient that I have never seen, accuse me of intentional injury.

The most serious is that until this day neither I nor my embassy have seen the “patient”, and the police refuse to use the surveillance video, we have not received any bills or receipt as proof of the expenses of the young man, I no longer go to class since this story because the school wants me to rule over this problem before I can go back, I live with a friend, my passport has been confiscated… I do absolutely nothing here I am waiting for a trial I’m losing. The family of young man and police want me to pay 700,000 RMB ($116,000). A colossal amount that both Parent and my friends do not understand. This amount is worth 2 houses in China.

I live a nightmare, my embassy is seized. On 19 of this month(May, 2015) I pass on trial, with a great risk to go to jail if I not agree to pay because I already received threatening phone calls, I beg you! And please check out this story closely. Currently all expacts in Chongqing want to be there the day of the trial because it is unheard of. They have no proof of guilt I have not done anything in this story all the blame falls to me, this is my story.