MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officers in New York have condemned the latest anti-Asian assault towards a Filipino-American man who was repeatedly punched within the face at a subway station in Manhattan.
“We strongly condemn this latest anti-Asian hate crime that targeted a member of the Filipino Community in New York City,” Philippine Consul General in New York Elmer Cato stated in a press release.
“We again call on authorities to take the necessary steps to protect members of the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Community,” he added.
Based on experiences, the 52-year-old Filipino man, who was not named, initially seen one other Asian-looking man being attacked when he received off the prepare on the 103rd Street station on the Upper East Side on Tuesday night time.
The assailant was apparently yelling “go back to where you came from” whereas attacking the sufferer, who finally managed to flee.
According to a report by ABC 7 New York, the assailant then turned to the Filipino, cornered him, and repeatedly hit him on the face whereas hurling anti-Asian invectives at him.
The incident is the latest in a sequence of racist assaults on Asians that intensified quickly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. In his speeches final yr, former US President Donald fanned anti-Asian sentiments by blaming the virus on China, utilizing such phrases as “kung flu” and “China virus.”
Easily the deadliest anti-Asian incident this yr was the mass taking pictures at a number of spas in Atlanta, Georgia by Robert Aaron Long, that killed six Asian American girls on March 16.
Prior to the subway punching incident, a Filipino meals truck in Utah was vandalized with racial slurs this week.
“It hurt me deeply to see that Salt Lake’s @yumyumasian food truck was recently vandalized,” tweeted Utah Jazz participant Jordan Clarkson, whose mom is Filipino.
“I know the pain that hateful language and racism causes. With the help from @identitygraphx we’ll be able to restore the truck and hopefully lift Ben [Pierce] and his family’s spirit! #StopAsianHate,” the NBA star stated.
Clarkson additionally posted photographs of the meals truck spray-painted with Anti-Asian phrases.
“I stand in solidarity with Utah’s Filipino community – love is more powerful than hate! #utahfilipino #StopAAPIHate #stopasianhate,” Clarkson stated in one other tweet.
Last month, US President Joe Biden signed into legislation the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that overwhelmingly handed Congress in a uncommon present of bipartisanship, following a spate of high-profile assaults on Asian Americans within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier urged Filipinos to stay vigilant and to instantly report any incident of hate crimes towards members of the Filipino Community within the US to the Philippine Embassy or Consulates General within the United States.
Reported by Pinoys
According to the AAPI Hate web site, some 9 p.c of the whole 6,603 hate incidents it recorded from March 2020 to March 2021 had been reported by Filipinos.
AAPI Hate, which was created by a number of advocacy teams, tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence,
harassment, discrimination, shunning, and youngster bullying towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the United States.
Among the current incidents of hate crimes towards Fil-Ams was the assault in March on an aged Filipino girl who was pushed and repeatedly kicked on a sidewalk in Manhattan by a burly man who was reportedly yelling “You don’t belong here” at her.
A CCTV footage launched by the New York police on March 30 confirmed the person violently attacking the 65-year-old girl as bystanders and workers inside an opulent residential constructing seemingly appeared on with out intervening.
Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez earlier stated the girl sustained critical accidents and was “badly shaken” by the incident.
Slashed in face
On Feb. 8, Noel Quintana, 61, was on his method to work on a New York subway prepare when he was slashed with a field cutter throughout the face after he received right into a dispute with one other man.
Quintana stated the suspect was kicking his backpack in the course of the commute and when he requested him to cease, the person attacked him and ran off when the prepare stopped. He was left bleeding contained in the subway prepare and largely ignored by different commuters. Quintana wanted nearly 100 stitches on his face.
On June 6, 70-year-old Filipino Cesar Echano sustained a black eye after he was punched by a white man who first verbally attacked him and his spouse whereas they had been strolling in a park in Cerritos, California.
On March 13, Alex Vidal was using the New York City subway when one other passenger, who thought he was Chinese, began yelling at him. He was left alone with the suspect as a result of the opposite passengers had moved to the opposite carriages when the person began hurling invectives. Vidal, who didn’t react however took a video of the incident, stated he felt “luckier” than different Asians who had been significantly injured or killed in related hostile encounters.
On Feb. 18, 74-year-old Juanito Falcon died two days after police found him severely injured in a car parking zone of a fast-food restaurant within the space of seventeenth Avenue and Bethany Home in Arizona. The assailant was arrested and is being held on a $500,000 bond, however the police have but to find out the motive for the assault.
These incidents prompted Romualdez to put in writing letters to some senators who’re members of the justice committee and the racial discrimination committee of the US Senate. —With a report by Arianne Aine Suarez (Inquirer Archives, stopaapihate.org)
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