United States: Biden calls for response to violence against Asian Americans

The American president spoke Friday in Atlanta on the anti-Asian violence of recent days, marked by shootings in the state of Georgia.

His speech was expected, a few days after the series of shootings in Asian massage parlors  in Georgia. US President  Joe Biden called on Friday March 19 for a start in the face of violence against Asian Americans, stressing that many of them were now living in “fear” . “Too many Americans of Asian origin are worried about their safety and that of their loved ones,” he said from Atlanta, the capital of this state.

“Words are important” , he hammered, in a thinly veiled allusion to his predecessor Donald Trump, accused of having encouraged amalgamations by repeatedly calling the new coronavirus a “Chinese virus” . “It’s the coronavirus, period!” , he hammered, to better convey his message.

“Hate has no place in America”

A white man on Tuesday killed eight people in the Atlanta area, including six women of Asian descent, by attacking massage parlors. He swears he was not motivated by racism but by a “sexual obsession” .

“Regardless of (the shooter’s) motives, we know the following: Asian Americans are worried and, for the past year or so, have woken up every morning feeling that their safety and that of their relatives were at stake, “ said Joe Biden, with a serious face.

“Our silence is a form of complicity,” he added, denouncing “the horrible poison of racism” . While calling on Congress to legislate, he insisted on the importance of real awareness.  “If the laws can make things better, we have to change our hearts. Hate has no place in America,” he insisted.

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