How Chinatown is striking back at immigration ‘fishing’ raids

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For two hours this Tuesday afternoon, London’s Chinatown saw all its businesses close down, and employers and staff walk out. They all left work in order to demonstrate on the streets against the UK Border Agency, which has mounted a series of raids on the many restaurants in the area in search of illegal migrant workers.
 
china town“NO ENTRY, UKBA!” were the words on their placards: Chinatown was on strike – and it was a ba-shi strike, meaning stopping business, as opposed to ba-gong, a workers’ strike. The usually silent communities were suddenly making their voices heard.
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