San Francisco, Calif., Mar 30, 2021 / 18:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Archbishop of San Francisco on Tuesday urged an end to violence against Asian people in the city and across the US, and announced a prayer service for peace.
“The rise in violence against Asian people across the country is alarming and horrific to all people of right reason,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote in a March 30 statement.
The number of attacks on Asian Americans in the United States has reportedly increased over the last year. A series of shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors earlier this month killed six women of Asian descent.
The archbishop said that “all the more disturbing are the brutal assaults that have been perpetrated against Asian-Americans here in San Francisco in recent days.”
Ron Tuason, who is of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent, was attacked at a bus stop in the city March 13 by a man using anti-Asian slurs; and on March 17, Xiao Zhen Xie, 70, was assaulted near the Tenderloin neighborhood.