On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the increasing violence against Asian Americans.
The meeting place in Foley Square was near the location where a 36-year-old Asian man was attacked on Thursday, who was stabbed in the stomach. The police arrested 23-year-old Salman Muflihi. He was initially charged with a hate crime for murder and a hate crime for the assault.
“We will not accept the hatred of New York City! Stop the Asian hatred. This is the message we want to spread not only in New York City, but also in this country. Stop the hatred in Asia and stop now.” Mayor De Blasie Ao said to the crowd.
Rep. Grace Meng, a Queen Democrat of Taiwanese descent, said: “Too many people are living in fear now.”
Meng said: “People are literally afraid of leaving their homes.” “We have been taught all our lives to adapt. Only keep quiet and don’t speak out loud and invisible. If you are invisible enough, then you will be considered an American. But. We are here to say that we will no longer be invisible! We will speak out! … We are also Americans.”
Attorney General Letitia James encourages victims to report the attack.
“Come to my office so that we can do something. Come to my office so that we can hunt down those who hate us and shut them out.” James said.
The Queen’s Democratic State Senator John Liu, who was born in Taiwan, said: “When you attack any of us, we will stand up and fight back. … We will be loud and proud.”
Prosecutors dropped the hate crime charges against Muflihi on Saturday, during Muflihi’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He is now facing charges of attempted murder and attempted assault.