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June 16, 2014
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Another Chinese business attacked in Clarendon
Horace Fisher, STAR Writer

Another Chinese-operated business was attacked in May Pen, Clarendon, by armed robbers, following a botched robbery at Main Street in May Pen last week.

It is reported that gunmen broke into the living quarters of a Chinese haberdashery store and physically assaulted the occupants.

Police said two armed men jumped the balcony of the multi-story building, housing the business and living quarters around 1 a.m., demanding money. However, when their demands were not met, the men were beaten.

"When the would-be robbers' demands for money was refused, the Chinese were beaten before an alarm was raised and the gunmen escaped into the night," a senior investigator said.

The Chinese store operator was observed with swollen lips, bloodshot eyes and other signs of physical violence. "When the Prime Minister (Portia Simpson Miller) visited China recently, she was asked specifically to put measures in place to protects the Chinese, but she isn't even watching the news," one of the distraught Chinese operators said.

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The incident is the second attack on Chinese-operated businesses in May Pen within the last two weeks. Almost two weeks ago, armed robbers broke into the living quarters of a Chinese-operated haberdashery store and robbed the occupants of a large volume of goods and a Toyota Hiace minibus at Guinep Tree in May Pen.

Armed robbers also held up and robbed the Chinese-operated Payless, a jewellery and appliance store, of an undetermined sum of cash, televisions, phones and other appliances.

Robbers also relieved the Chinese operator of Easy Look Variety Store of US$3,000. All of the armed robberies took place along Main Street in May Pen's business district.

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