S.F. Chinese Speak Out Against Recent Violence

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SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of Chinese Americans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday to urge Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors to take a stand against the recent violent attacks against Asians by African-American teenagers. Several members of the African-American community joined in the protest to show their support. According to Sing Tao Daily, after the rally, many Chinese protestors shared their personal experiences of being victimized by African- American attackers during the public comment session of the Board of Supervisors' meeting, including a 57-year-old Chinese woman who was videotaped being thrown off the T-line street car platform by a group of black teenagers. The woman said she had been waiting for her daughter so they could walk home together. Li Chuifang, the Chinese woman who was videotaped last year in a Muni bus fight with an African-American woman, also showed up and said that she fought back only to protect herself. She called for more security on the city's public transportation systems.