‘Deep rage and grief and sorrow’: Georgia rallies against anti-Asian hate as US mourns Atlanta victims

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From Seattle to New York City, the nation’s eyes have turned to Atlanta, Georgia to mourn with and uplift a community and the families rocked by the killing of six Asian American women in a shooting spree that has galvanised both activists and the White House to address a tide of anti-Asian racism and discrimination in the US.

Following a week of rallies and vigils across the country, an emotional hearing in Congress, and remarks to the nation from Atlanta delivered by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, hundreds of people gathered for a “Stop Asian Hate” rally steps away from Georgia’s State Capitol building on 20 March.

Bee Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American elected to Georgia’s House of Representatives, said that the victims had “no one in their community to watch their back, and we are left with deep rage and grief and sorrow.”

“We stand in solidarity with our Asian sisters and brothers,” said Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, who appeared with Senator Jon Ossoff. “We acknowledge your humanity.”

As law enforcement reveals details about the shootings at three Atlanta-area spas and the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, the nation is learning more about the six women killed on 17 March:

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