At dozens of rallies, protesters call for end to anti-Asian violence: Photos

The protests come after the Atlanta-area shootings that killed six Asian women.

March 27, 2021, 8:58 PM

Rallies held in dozens of cities Saturday called for an end to anti-Asian violence, amid a spate of racially motivated attacks targeting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The demonstrations are the latest to come in the wake of the deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area spas last week that killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent.

PHOTO: A woman speaks during an 'Anti Asian Hate' rally in Chamblee, Ga., March 27, 2021.
A woman speaks during an 'Anti Asian Hate' rally in Chamblee, Ga., March 27, 2021.
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PHOTO: Demonstrators holding signs are seen underneath an American Flag as they take part in a rally against Asian hate crimes, March 27, 2021 at Chinatown in Chicago.
Demonstrators holding signs are seen underneath an American Flag as they take part in a rally against Asian hate crimes, March 27, 2021 at Chinatown in Chicago.
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"We're out here to say that we're not going to tolerate racism towards Asian American communities," Satya Vatti, an organizer with the Answer (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, at a rally against Asian hate in Atlanta.

The rally was just one of 60 that the coalition organized across the U.S. on Saturday, Vatti said.

PHOTO: Crowds gather near the Space Needle to protest ant-Asian hate in Seattle, March 27, 2021.
Crowds gather near the Space Needle to protest ant-Asian hate in Seattle, March 27, 2021.
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PHOTO: People march against anti-Asian violence and racism on March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles.
People march against anti-Asian violence and racism on March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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Authorities are still investigating the motives behind the March 15 shootings. They have said that the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, admitted to the shootings and claimed they weren't racially motivated.

PHOTO: People participate in an 'Anti Asian Hate' rally in Chinatown in Washington, DC on March 27, 2021.
People participate in an 'Anti Asian Hate' rally in Chinatown in Washington, DC on March 27, 2021.
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Demonstrators called Saturday for the murders to be charged as a hate crime.

"We do see it as a race-motivated crime," Vatti told WSB. "This is part of the many attacks, spike in attacks that we've been seeing across the country targeting Asian-American communities."

PHOTO: A demonstrator wearing a mask saying "I am not a virus" listens to a speech at a rally against Asian hate crimes, Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Chicago's Grant Park.
A demonstrator wearing a mask saying "I am not a virus" listens to a speech at a rally against Asian hate crimes, Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Chicago's Grant Park.
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In the past year, the organization Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate, which launched in response to the growing anti-Asian sentiment during the coronavirus pandemic, recorded nearly 3,800 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents nationwide.

PHOTO: Asian Americans are gathered at the City Hall to protest Asian-Hate in New York City, March 27, 2021.
Asian Americans are gathered at the City Hall to protest Asian-Hate in New York City, March 27, 2021.
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PHOTO: Social activists gather for a demonstration denouncing anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander sentiment and hate at City Hall in Los Angeles, March 27, 2021.
Social activists gather for a demonstration denouncing anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander sentiment and hate at City Hall in Los Angeles, March 27, 2021.
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Beyond Atlanta, rallies protesting Asian hate were held in cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

"We need to continue to be loud and stand together to stop hate crimes,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell said, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC. "Now is not the time to be silent. Let's continue to support each other and speak out against hate.''

PHOTO: People participate in an "Anti-Asian Hate" rally in Chinatown in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2021.
People participate in an "Anti-Asian Hate" rally in Chinatown in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2021.
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People demonstrate against anti-Asian violence and racism on March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles.
People demonstrate against anti-Asian violence and racism on March 27, 2021 in Los Angeles.
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