Protests & Demonstrations
‘Asian Lives Matter’: Protest against anti-Asian attacks erupts in NYC Chinatown after Michelle Go vigil
- More than 100 protesters reportedly gathered in Chinatown to denounce the rise in anti-Asian attacks.
- While Michelle Go’s death is currently not being investigated as a hate crime, it has nonetheless worsened fears of violence throughout Asian American communities.
- Protesters pleaded for help from Mayor Eric Adams, who insisted that subways are safe before admitting that he himself felt unsafe during a ride.
- Republican radio host Curtis Sliwa, who lost to Adams in the mayoral election — but won big among Asian American voters — attended the protest and is now criticizing the mayor on Twitter.
Two days after hundreds came together to honor Michelle Go’s memory in Times Square, protesters took to Chinatown to call for help combatting the surge in anti-Asian attacks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Go, 40, was shoved to her death in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square-42nd Street subway station on Jan. 15. The homeless advocate of over 10 years was allegedly killed by 61-year-old Simon Martial, a mentally ill, homeless man with a decades-long rap sheet.
- Chow Hang-tung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on June 4 last year and charged with “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” in remembrance of the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
- On Tuesday, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison for her part in organizing the vigil.
- Her arrest is a part of a series of crackdowns on pro-democracy activists by the Hong Kong government.
Chow Hang-tung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for her part in organizing an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Lengthened time in prison
Malden Ward 8 Councilor Jadeane Sica came under fire when a photo of her 2019 Orchids of Asia-themed Halloween costume resurfaced online last month.
The controversy: Last month, a photo of Sica and her husband dressed in an Orchids of Asia-themed Halloween couples costume resurfaced.
Jimmy Lai and two other pro-democracy activists were convicted Thursday for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil under the new law that criminalizes unauthorized assembly.
Convicted activists: Lai, along with vice chairperson of the disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China Chow Hang-tung and activist and former reporter Gwyneth Ho, were convicted for taking part in or inciting others to join the candlelight vigil in 2020, according to CBS News.
Rally against anti-Asian hate in London devolves into brawl as Hong Kong and Chinese protestors clash
A group of Hong Kongers clashed with Chinese protesters who were holding a rally against racism over the weekend in London.
The Chinese side: Human rights group Min Quan Legal Centre and several organizations were conducting a rally against anti-Asian hatein London’s Chinatown on Saturday when a group of Hong Kong immigrants arrived and held a counter-rally against them, reported The Standard.
‘I’m just an ordinary girl’: Philly teen who tried to defend classmates in SEPTA attack speaks out at rally
Hundreds of people recently rallied behind Christina Lu, the teen victim of a racially motivated attack on a SEPTA train in early November, and called on city leaders to increase public safety in Philadelphia.
What happened: Lu, 18, addressed a crowd of hundreds outside the Municipal Services Building in Center City on Tuesday. She recalled the assault, wherein her attackers kicked her, punched her, and smashed her head onto the train door as she tried defending her fellow Asian American Central High School students, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
An increase in anti-Black sentiment has reportedly been observed at the University of Chicago after the fatal shooting of a Chinese international student in early November.
Driving the news: Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, 24, was fatally shot during a robbery in Hyde Park on Nov. 9. Three days later, Alton Spann, an 18-year-old Black man, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, as per CBS Chicago.