Rex v. Cali - Anti-Asian Riots


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Rex v. Cali - Anti-Asian Riots


Title Proper F0 GR0419 BOX 123 FILE 109
Date(s) 1907
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Rex v. Marino Cali Crown brief. Cali is being charged with unlawful assembly, disturbing the peace, and destruction of property when taking part in the anti-Asian riots on 7 September 1907 in Vancouver. Destruction of property is described, mostly against Chinese Canadian-occupied buildings and one Japanese Canadian property is referenced. The riot is described as more than 500 people, and that the police were not prepared to handle a riot. Included is a BC Supreme Court document describing the riot. Cali is found guilty of unlawful assembly and sentenced to hard labour.
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