More than 600 people turned up at two anti-racism protests in South Australia over the weekend, amid a rising wave of racist attacks on the Asian-Australian community.
The protests at Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD came two days after Adelaide police found and arrested a 21-year-old white man who physically assaulted a 19-year-old Chinese delivery rider, following efforts by the Asian-Australian community to hunt down the culprits.
Demonstrators at the peaceful events, organised by the Adelaide Chinese Community group, wore face masks, practised safe distancing, and carried banners saying “no racism to Asians” and “no bullies”, while chanting “equality” and “justice”.
At the start of the protests, the organisers pleaded for racism against Asians to stop.
“We all love Adelaide, it is our home,” a woman who made a speech to the public said.
“However, things started to change recently. Many Asian-Aussie children were verbally assaulted when their mothers brought them to playgrounds.
“It was heartbreaking to hear children told, ’you are a virus, stay away from us’.