British Columbia

New anti-Chinese flyers distributed in Richmond, police investigating

“Richmond is the birthplace of my kids. … so when I see this kind of flyer going around the city, I feel very upset," a community organizer said.

Flyer claims wealthy Chinese immigrants use Canadian social services without paying taxes

Dozens of Richmond residents gathered at the Brighouse SkyTrain station over the weekend to rally against racist flyers. Now, new flyers have been found in the city. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Richmond RCMP are investigating new anti-immigration flyers distributed in the city that target Chinese residents.

The latest flyers show a Caucasian family standing on a sidewalk, looking at a mansion portrayed as being Chinese-owned with the headline: "Immigration has turned into the plundering of Canada."

The flyer claims wealthy Chinese immigrants use Canadian social services without paying taxes and directs readers to visit an anti-immigration website.

An RCMP spokesperson said in a statement police are investigating and have consulted with the B.C. Hate Crimes Team.

Similar flyers 2 weeks ago

The flyers come after another racist flyer was distributed in Richmond two weeks ago.

Edward Liu organized a rally this past weekend denouncing racism in the city and says the latest flyer has people shocked.

"Some of them even told me that they didn't feel safe to walk in the neighbourhood now," he told On The Coast guest host Michelle Eliot. "Richmond is the birthplace of my kids. … so when I see this kind of flyer going around the city, I feel very upset."

Liu says he also heard from a Vancouver resident who has received the same flyer, "so it is spreading."

However, VPD spokesman Brian Montague says the flyer that appeared in Vancouver is a different one from the Richmond one and appears to be from a different organization.

"While I am not aware of any complaints or reports from anyone who has received the flyer that have been made to the VPD, police will investigate any criminal act that has or may take place and will assist any way we can," he wrote in an email.

With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

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