Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The Chinese community in Spain is fighting back against racism and discrimination in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Many netizens of Chinese origin who are currently living in Spain have reportedly joined the ‘NoSoyUnVirus’ (I Am Not A Virus) campaign launched on social media to complain about discrimination against Chinese people after the coronavirus outbreak.
Reports said there are more than 224,000 people of Chinese nationality living as official residents in Spain.
Many of the netizens who have joined the campaign are the children of immigrant Chinese families who were born in Spain or moved to the country when they were very young.
In one of the snaps, netizen ‘gazpachoagridulce,’ real name Qhan Zhou Wu, can be seen holding a card with the message “I do not have the coronavirus’ in front of the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry.
She wrote in a message: “Let me tell you about the SARS outbreak in 2002. I was 13 and I remember people stopped coming to the family restaurant. The meat we served was from the local market.”
Lawyer and entrepreneur Antonio Liu Yan also wrote on Twitter: “The disease does not discriminate between races or nationalities. ‘NoSoyUnVirus’ is the campaign we have launched to fight against misleading information about coronavirus.”
According to a report by consultancy firm STR, hotel occupancy in China has fallen 75 percent for the period between the 14th and the 26th of January
Reports state the Chinese authorities have confirmed the coronavirus has caused 425 deaths in China with more than 20,000 people infected by the virus.
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