San Mateo residents marched through the streets on Saturday, decrying the recent surge of brutal attacks and violence against the Bay Area’s Asian American community.

One teenager from Burlingame, Ashlyn So, organized a demonstration at Central Park after hearing about the attacks across the state. “I saw all these Asians getting hurt, and I really didn’t like that. So I thought it wasn’t OK, and I had to do something about it,” she said.

Systematic Racism

The event was attended by several hundred people, all of whom were criticizing the unjust acts against the victims. “I know my friends are struggling against the hate, and I just really want to be here for everyone,” another resident, Soledad Bradford, said.

Victims who experienced the hate crimes first hand said they had had too much of the injustice. “Enough is enough. You know, and a lot of people are in denial, and there’s a problem and a big problem,” said Robert Lowe.

The Millbrae anti-racist coalition expressed its intentions of addressing the issue and helping the Asian American community thrive. “That racism and that oppression and that systematic police brutality — we’re here to change that,” said Co-founder Michael Kelly.

So said the cause would drive her motivation to help more people for a long time. “This has to stop,” she said, KRON4 reported.