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A rally condemning anti-Asian hate is planned for Sunday afternoon in downtown Calgary.
This protest is to be carried out at the same time as in other cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Kelowna, Toronto, and Ottawa.
The events have been put together by the Asian Canadian Equity Alliance (ACEA). ACEA is a non-profit organization that aims to confront the bullying, harassment, and discrimination that continues to grow against Asians.
The demonstration in Calgary is slated to begin at Olympic Plaza at 2 pm.
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The rallies come after last week’s deadly shooting spree in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women.
The recent attack follows a massive increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in both Canada and the US over the past year. There were 1,150 cases of racist attacks reported across Canada on the Chinese Canadian National Council web platforms between March 10, 2020, to February 28, 2021.
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Organizers are asking Calgarians to support Asian-Canadians, mourn victims, and call for the stop of Asian hate and all forms of racism.
“We can’t remain silent anymore. No one is safe until everyone is,” says Bella Huang, one of the event organizers. “We kindly invite you to attend our rally and make our voice [heard] to the public. Your support is very important to us.”
Protesters are required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing guidelines.
When: Sunday, March 28
Time: 2 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza (228 8th Avenue SE)