A “Stop Asian Hate” vehicle rally saw hundreds of cars line the streets in front of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg Saturday.
Yellow ribbons tied to vehicles identified those participating, while others marched the sidewalks holding signs condemning Asian racism which has increased during the pandemic.
The event was put on by Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative Manitoba in response to the US shootings on March 16. The shooting spree occurred at three spas in and around Atlanta and left eight people dead, including six Asian women.
“The goal of our rally is first to mourn the victims of the shooting,” President of Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative Manitoba, Jennifer Chen said. “That’s why we’re wearing white flowers and yellow ribbon, according to the East Asian tradition, and also sending a message to oppose discrimination against Asian community.”
The rally also being held to condemn Asian racism felt above the 49 parallel.
“In Canada we’ve seen reports of incidents of racism have increased dramatically since the on-set of COVID-19,” Chen said. “It’s really really important for the community to come together and reject any forms of racism and gender discrimination.”
The caravan of vehicles drove a short route from the museum through The Forks and Waterfront Drive ending back at the CMHR. It ran from 11am to 12:15pm.