Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Hundreds rally against anti-Asian hate

Atlanta Spa Shooting 1,000 gather for Stop Asian Hate event in SE Portland
Melba Vasquez | 29 March, 2021, 04:07

Authorities are still investigating the motives behind the March 15 shootings. We know the fetishization of Asian American women is a real thing many of us have had to deal with that.

The lawmakers spoke outside Gold Spa, one of the shooting sites, where the ground was covered with bouquets and tree branches that spelled out, "Love". He has told police he has a sex addiction and saw the businesses as a temptation, but many argue he specifically targeted Asian women and feel he should be charged with a hate crime as well. "That faith was shattered by a man who shot bullets into their bodies". It recognizes the National Day of Action in support of the Asian community. "But I won't let it".

Referring to the shooting deaths of six Asian women in Atlanta on March 16, the sign declares, "Call it what it is, a hate crime!"

A bipartisan group of former US government officials has issued a statement condemning the spike in crimes against Asian-Americans, saying the increase comes as Asians face "wrongful blame for the virus".

"As I come here, what comes to mind is the idea that this could have been anywhere", Kim, who is Korean American, said.

Thousands of people in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, also took to the street to participate in the Stop Asian Hate rally on Saturday.

The crowd gathered at Harrison Park for an event featuring speakers and performances, as well as an array of tents where people offered resources, information, Asian food and pizza. "Solidarity is our Superpower", said Tanisha Arena, the executive director of Arise for Social Justice.

Citing statistics provided by the nonprofit group Stop AAPI Hate, the signatories say 2020 witnessed a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

"We can not allow the AAPI community to be gaslighted into thinking that this is not a hate crime", he said.

At a rally in Los Angeles, California, protesters held signs that say "I'm not a virus", or "Hate is a virus". But he said he feels this is equally important to show support for Asian friends, especially with studies showing almost 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents occurred in the past year, 67 of which were reported in MA.

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