A Chinese restaurant in Kenya is under fire for admitting that they lock out Africans after 5pm because of security threats. Chinese Restaurant in Nairobi, says because of the terrorist group Al Shabaab, and warnings from the Chinese embassy, they are protecting their clients.
“We don’t admit Africans that we don’t know because you never know who is Al-Shabaab and who isn’t,” Esther Zhao, a PR manager with the restaurant, told the Nairobi News. “It is not like it is written on somebody’s face that they are a thug armed with a gun.”
The only Africans that are allowed after 6pm are drivers and Africans accompanied by European, Chinese or Indian guests can be admitted.
“It is strictly a no-African policy and we have even had to turn away some prominent Kenyans who were obviously not a security threat,” a restaurant worker said.
Local politicians have called the restaurant’s practice unconstitutional.
“That amounts to racial and ethnic profiling, which is unconstitutional,” said the country’s ombudsman, Otiende Amollo. “It has in it the inherent assumption that Africans are inevitably pre-disposed to be robbers… Whatever measures they choose to take to maintain security must be measures that treat people equally irrespective of race, gender or color.”
A Chinese restaurant that doesn't allow Africans to dine in Nairobi?????? How??? Smh ….
— Fiona Mbabazi (@Fionambabazi1) March 23, 2015
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