Activists respond to Atlanta-area killings with late-night rally in Chinatown

D.C. activists led a demonstration Wednesday night in response to the mass killings of eight people
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. activists march from Chinatown to the convention center.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
Activists spoke against the killings in Atlanta and actions against the Asian community during their demonstration in downtown D.C.

D.C. activists speak out against white supremacy. (Alejandro Alvarez/WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. protest led by the activism group Total Liberation Collective.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. activist raises fist at protest in solidary with the Asian American community.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
An activist wears ‘Defund MPD’ mask during a rally in downtown D.C.

D.C. activist speaks about immigrants during a rally in Chinatown. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. activists outside of the Chinatown gate in downtown D.C.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
Activists march through downtown D.C. Wednesday evening.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
Activist holds sign in response to Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker’s comment that the Atlanta shooter had “a really bad day” during a rally in D.C.

DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
D.C. activist holds ‘Asian Lives Matter’ sign during a demonstration in downtown D.C. (Alejandro Alvarez/WTOP)

Activists participate in a rally in D.C.’s Chinatown Wednesday night following an Atlanta-based mass shooting that killed eight people. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
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DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)
DC activists protest in response to Atlanta-based mass shooting. (Alejandro Alvarez / WTOP)

D.C. activists led a demonstration Wednesday night in response to the mass killings of eight people, including six women of Asian decent, in three massage parlors in Georgia.

Total Liberation Collective, the predominantly Black activism group, organized the rally, saying on Twitter that it was against white supremacy and in solidarity with the Asian American community.

They marched from the Chinatown gate to the convention center throughout the evening. The rally also included speakers that discussed improving the country’s relationship with the Asian American community and immigration.

Prior to the rally, the group tweeted out a list of demands to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: to disband the Metropolitan Police Department’s Asian Liaison Unit; incorporate anti-Asian violence as part of the K-12 curriculum; and include Black history into the year-long K-12 curriculum.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have been on the rise in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta-based mass shooting is the latest attack on the Asian American community.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been charged with the eight killings, amounting to the largest mass shooting in the U.S. in the last two years.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker is a writer and editor for WTOP. She is most interested in covering social issues in the D.C. area and is always looking for news tips and story ideas.

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