People protest discrimination against Asian in US

Rallies have been held across the United States calling for an end to anti-Asian discrimination.

Rallies were held on Saturday following a spate of discrimination and violence targeting Asian-Americans. Earlier this month, a man opened fire at a massage parlor and other locations in the southern state of Georgia, killing eight people, including six of Asian descent.

The escalation of such incidents has stirred fears in Asian-American communities.

In the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, where the shooting took place, protesters held signs that say "Stop anti-Asian racism now," or "Am I the next target?"

At a rally in Los Angeles, California, protesters held signs that say "I'm not a virus," or "Hate is a virus." The rally was held amid increasing racist incidents against Asian-Americans by people who wrongly associate the coronavirus with Asians.

One participant in the Los Angeles rally said, "We're tired of our voices being silenced." He added, "We are standing up together to say that we are Americans; we love this country."

An organization monitoring discrimination against Asians says there were more than 3,700 reports of discrimination and violence inflicted on Asians during a roughly one-year period through February. About 40 percent of the victims were Chinese-Americans. Over six percent were Japanese-Americans or Japanese residents of the United States.