Daily US Times: On Saturday, a diverse crowd gathered in a park across from the Georgia state Capitol Atlanta to demand justice for the victims of shootings at three different spas days earlier and to denounce xenophobia, racism and misogyny.
The hundreds of people of all ages, ethnic and varied racial backgrounds who gathered in Liberty Plaza in Georgia state capital waved signs and cheered for speakers, including US Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock and Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American to serve in the Georgia House.
Senator Warnock said: “I just wanted to drop by to say to my Asian sisters and brothers, we see you, and, more importantly, we are going to stand with you.”
“We’re all in this thing together,” he said to loud cheers and against the backdrop of drivers in passing cars honking their horns in support.
A 21-year-old white man named Robert Aaron Long is accused of killing four people inside two Atlanta spas and four others, most of them are Asian women, at a massage business about 30 miles away in suburban Cherokee County. Another person also was shot by the attacker but survived.
Investigators have said Long confessed to the killings but said they were not racially motivated. According to authorities, Mr Long claimed to have a sex addiction, which caused him to lash out at what he saw as sources of temptation. Police have said they are still working to establish a motive, including looking into whether the attacks in the massage parlours can be classified as hate crimes.