Asian Americans and community leaders waved signs and shouted slogans at a rally Saturday in Riverside calling for an end to hate crimes against Asian-Americans.

The #StopAAPIHate rally was held Saturday afternoon in downtown Riverside near the Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho Memorial on the Main Street pedestrian mall, the Press Enterprise reported.

“Hatred against Asians has been building during the pandemic,” rally organizer and president of the Inland Empire chapter of the Asian Pacific Labor Alliance Michael Milan told the newspaper.

“The previous presidential administration scapegoated our community and that seems to have grown momentum,” Milan told the newspaper. “Now, it’s manifesting in these attacks to different communities around the nation, and we want to bring to attention it’s not accidental.”

Similar rallies are scheduled for Saturday evening at San Dimas City Hall and Sunday at Pomona City Hall at 3 p.m.

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