NEW YORK - Hundreds turned out in Manhattan Saturday to protest attacks on the Asian community.
They gathered in Foley Square Saturday, carrying signs to stand in solidarity.
The event also attracted several big name politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, State Attorney General Letitia James and city mayoral candidates including entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
“We will get through this,” Yang said. “This city is yours, this city is ours, this city is every New Yorkers. There is no place for hatred or racism against Asian Americans or anyone else in the city.”
Protesters we spoke to say they felt the need to get up and have their voice heard after seeing so much violence.
"The entire Asian community is just really hurting,” said Jamie Duong, who was out protesting Saturday. “We're tired, we're scared, we're devastated with all these attacks on especially our elders. And often we feel like we're invisible, or treated as such."
“It just really felt frustrating that there wasn’t really a response happening from our government, the media, just a lot of social media,” said Hannah Kang, another protester. “That was really where the activism was. So when I heard about this rally, I just wanted to be here because it’s powerful to be able to stand here with everybody and protest with everybody else.”
Saturday's protest marked just one of many anti-Asian hate protests that have been held across the city, since the start of the pandemic.