Did an organised gang of American racists just attack a Chinese restaurant in New York City?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : American Racists Attacked Chinese Restaurant!
People are sharing this video of a gang of hooded individuals ransacking a Chinese restaurant in New York City, as an example of hate crime by American racists against Asians and the Chinese in particular.
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Did American racists attack Fish Village because it's an Asian / Chinese restaurant?! 🤔
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No Evidence American Racists Attacked Chinese Restaurant!
This video has gone viral on WeChat and WhatsApp, which are commonly used by Chinese netizens and the Chinese diaspora. It has also been posted on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter.
This incident happened very recently, and is a developing story, but here is what we know so far…
Fact #1 : Viral Incident Happened On March 4, 2023
Let’s start with some basic facts on what happened.
At around 8:20 PM on March 4, 2023, a group of about 20 masked individuals took an elevator to the third floor of a corner mall in College Point, Queens, New York City.
Wearing masks and hoodie sweatshirts, they stormed into the Fish Village restaurant, flipping tables and chairs smashing dishes and utensils, while customers were eating. They also broke a window during the minute-long mayhem.
They then quickly left the Fish Village restaurant, as quickly as they entered. The attackers did not use weapons, or take any property with them.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, but restaurant manager Tony Hu said that they suffered about $20,000 worth of damages. The restaurant also have to comp the 30 or so customers who had their dinners so rudely interrupted.
Fact #2 : Attackers Were Asian / Hispanic Teenagers
While some people are claiming that this was evidence of a hate crime by White racists or black hooligans attacking Asian / Chinese businesses, that’s not true according to the restaurant manager, Tony Hu.
Hu, who does not speak English, told CBS News that the attackers were Asian or Hispanic teenagers. Some people even labelled them as “kids in hoodies”, while others pointed out that it does not appear to be a hate crime:
Other people suggest that the attack may have been a warning by Asian organised crime.
The New York Police Department is investigating this incident as Criminal Mischief, and not a hate crime.
Fact #3 : Police Are Still Not Able To Identify The Attackers
Despite knowing that they were being recorded on video, the attackers did not assault the person recording them. This is likely because they were fully covered up with face masks, and hoodies.
And their tactic appears to be working, making it impossible for law enforcement to identify them. The New York Police Department is still investigating the incident, and has not yet made any arrests.
Two days later, mayor Eric Adams called on New Yorkers to remove their face masks when entering businesses, to cut down on crime.
Again, there is no evidence that this was the work of American racists targeting Asian / Chinese businesses.
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