Chinese man arrested after calling Uhuru Kenyatta ‘monkey’
The arrest comes a day after Kenyan police raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network in Nairobi, briefly detaining several journalists as part of an ongoing crackdown against illegal immigrants.
The Chinese embassy said in a statement it would express its concern through diplomatic channels, after several incidents in which nationals with legal documents were hauled into police stations for verification.
In the two and a half minute video shared on Twitter and elsewhere, Liu, who appears to be in the midst of a dispute with one of his employees, is recorded issuing a litany of racist slurs.
“Every one, every Kenyan… like a monkey, even Uhuru Kenyatta. All of them,” he said.
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After the employee suggests Liu should “go back to China” if he feels that way, the businessman responds with further abuse.
“I don’t belong to here. I don’t like here, like monkey people, I don’t like talk with them, it smells bad, and poor, and foolish, and black. I don’t like them. Why not [like] the white people, like the American?”
He added that he only stays in Kenya because “money is important.”
It was not clear from the video exactly what Liu’s job was in Kenya.