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Harris condemns ‘tragic’ Atlanta shooting and expresses solidarity with Asian American community




“It’s tragic. Our country, the president and I and everyone, are sorry for the loss,” said Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to take office on Wednesday. “Our prayers extend to the families of the people who have been murdered and it speaks to a broader issue, which is the issue of violence in our country and what we need to do to never tolerate it and demonstrate – always against us “.

Eight people were shot dead Tuesday at three spas in the Atlanta area. Six were Asian women, according to law enforcement officials. The shots arrive in the midst of an alarming peak of violence and harassment aimed at the Asian American community in recent months.

Some public officials and organizations have expressed concern about the ethnicity coming into play, but Atlanta police department chief Rodney Bryant said Wednesday morning that it is still too early in the investigation to determine whether Tuesday’s shootings are a hate crime.

Harris stressed that the suspect’s motive was still unclear.

“I want to tell our Asian American community that we are with you and we understand how this has scared, shocked and outraged everyone,” he said during a bilateral meeting with Irish officials in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day.

“(K) As we grow the level of hate crimes against our Asian American brothers and sisters, we also want to express solidarity with them and recognize that none of us should ever be silent in the face of any form of hatred. “, he said. added.

Harris has previously talked about the racism that she and her family members have faced in this country.

President Joe Biden said during his arrival at the White House Wednesday morning that he will address the Atlanta tragedy later.

Last week, during a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden condemned hatred and discrimination against the Asian American community.