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A rally condemning anti-Asian hatred is planned for Sunday afternoon in downtown Calgary.
The protest is slated to coincide with other Canadian cities including Vancouver, Kelowna, Toronto and Ottawa.
The events were compiled by the Asian Canadian Equity Alliance (ACEA). ACEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to combating bullying, harassment and discrimination against Asians.
The Calgary demonstration is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Olympic Plaza.
The rallies come after last week’s deadly rampage in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women.
The latest attack follows a massive spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in Canada and the US over the past year. Between March 10, 2020 and February 28, 2021, 1,150 cases of racist attacks were reported across Canada on the Chinese Canadian National Council’s web platforms.
The organizers urge the Calgarians to support Asian Canadians, grieve victims and demand an end to Asian hatred and all forms of racism.
“We can no longer be silent. Nobody is safe until everyone is safe, ”says Bella Huang, one of the organizers of the event. “We cordially invite you to take part in our rally and raise our voices [heard] to the public. Your support is very important to us. “
Protesters must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
Calgary Stop Anti-Asian Hate Rally
When: Sunday March 28th
Time: 14 o’clock
Where: Olympic Plaza (228 8th Avenue SE)