Protests and vigils calling for an end to violence against Asian Americans were held around the country on Saturday following this week’s deadly shootings at Atlanta-area spas.
Hundreds of people gathered near the Georgia State Capitol, with some demonstrators carrying signs declaring “Stop Asian Hate.” Many waved American flags as cars and trucks driving by honked in support.
Xiaoxu Zheng, a 36-year-old medical researcher at Georgia State University, said he came to the protest, his first political event, because he was worried about a rise in anti-Asian prejudice in the past year.
“We live here. We pay taxes. We work here. This is our life,” said Mr. Zheng, who has been in the U.S. for 10 years and lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children. “This is a country of immigrants, all of the immigrants, so there is nothing we can do better than love each other, than work together.”
Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas on Tuesday night. Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Ga., was arrested in the attacks and has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault, officials said. He is being held in Cherokee County without bond. He waived his right to an attorney, officials said.
Source: WSJ – US News