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Rallies against anti-Asian hate to be held across Metro Vancouver Monday

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Rallies have been held across Metro Vancouver as part of a National Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism. It comes just days after Bloomberg Media dubbed Vancouver as the anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America. As John Hua reports, research shows the problem is only getting worse – May 10, 2021

Several rallies are set to take place in Metro Vancouver on Monday to mark the National Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism.

The Stand With Asians Coalition has organized a number of events, which will involve groups of five standing physically distanced from one another, to highlight growing concerns about a rise in anti-Asian racism.

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The socially distanced rallies are scheduled for 3 p.m. at the following locations:

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Burnaby 

  • Brentwood (Lougheed and Willingdon)
  • Lougheed (North Road and Austin)
  • Metrotown Skytrain station

Coquitlam

  • Coquitlam Centre SkyTrain station

Hope

  • District of Hope Municipality

Mission

  • 32520 Lougheed Hwy.

Port Moody

  • Inlet Skytrain station

Richmond

  • Brighouse SkyTrain station

Surrey

  • Surrey Central station

Vancouver

  • Commercial-Broadway station
  • Joyce Station
  • Burrard Station
  • Broadway-City Hall station (5:30 pm)

New Westminster

  • New Westminster/Hyack Square

For those choosing not to attend in person, a national e-rally will take place online at 5 p.m. PT.

Police have noted a rise in anti-Asian racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Vancouver police reported a 717 per cent increase in hate crimes against East Asians from 2019 to 2020.

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A federally funded study conducted by several groups under the umbrella of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice found that B.C. has the most reported incidents per capita of any sub-national region in North America.

In a statement issued Monday, Rachna Singh, parliamentary secretary for anti-racism initiatives, said the province has declared May 23 to 29 as Anti-Racism Awareness Week.

Read more: B.C. government developing hotline to report racist incidents

Last month, the province announced plans to develop a hotline where people can report incidents of racism.

The multilingual hotline, which will not be delivered by police, will allow British Columbians to report racist incidents and receive support and referrals. It does not aim to replace emergency response services in situations where someone could be in danger, the province said.

— With files from Sophie Lui

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