Following the shootings involving Asians in the United States last week, the United States held many Asian anti-discrimination protest rallies this weekend to oppose the surge of violence against Asians and call for racial equality.
According to reports, on March 16, bloody shootings occurred in three massage spas in Atlanta, the United States, killing eight people, six of whom were Asian women, triggering protests across the United States.
Anti-racism demonstrations broke out in many places in the United States on Saturday (27th). The demonstrators held up slogans such as “Stop Asian Hatred” and “We’ve Had Enough” and shouted slogans. Many African-American and European immigrants also participated in the activities and called for an end to racial hatred.
News Agency reported that in the Atlanta parade, the slogans waved by the demonstrators read: “Don’t demonize China and the Chinese!” Another slogan read: “Say no to anti-Asian racist terrorist acts!”
In Washington’s Chinatown, about a hundred people gathered to demonstrate, holding up a slogan that read: “I am not a virus, nor an enemy, but a Chinese-American. I love my ethnic background.”
In Los Angeles, California, hundreds of demonstrators participated in the “Stop Asian Hatred” protest march in Koreatown, calling on the US government to take action to stop the surge of anti-Asian hatred and violence.
At the rally, local community leaders, activists and government officials shared some incidents of discrimination they had experienced, and condemned the anti-Asian hatred that broke out during the epidemic.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hundreds of participants gathered in Franklin Square, holding up slogans such as “No more silence, stop violence” and “Combating racial violence together” and shouting anti-discrimination slogans. The organizers of the event stated that media reports have contributed to the surge in anti-Asian hatred incidents in the United States, and the way mainstream media reports on Sino-US relations and the new crown epidemic has contributed to anti-Asian panic in the United States.
In Chicago, Illinois, more than 65 Asian-American organizations participated in the rally. Organizers also put forward five requirements to the government at the rally, including improving the safety of Chinatown, creating a reporting website, and legislating.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, protesters gathered in Mitchell Park to commemorate the victims of the shooting and protested against anti-Asian violence.