Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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March 17, 2021

Senator Anwar Releases Statement in Response to Anti-Asian Mass Shootings Committed in Georgia

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) released the following statement in response to a series of shootings committed yesterday in the greater Atlanta region of Georgia. According to recent news reports, three shootings committed at massage parlors left eight people dead, at least six of them identified to be women of Asian descent. The violent attacks come as continued reports of anti-Asian discrimination in the United States continue to rise; Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

“While we wait for all the facts to become available, we are aware that threats have been made against Asian communities in Connecticut, and while law enforcement and legal proceedings are addressing some of them, it is important for us to recognize as a community that while we all have different backgrounds, we are all one as Americans,” said Sen. Anwar. “An attack against one and hatred against one is hatred and attacks against everyone. My heart and prayers are with the victims and their families in Atlanta. We need to strengthen harmony in our society so there are no attacks against others or any community for any reason in our state.”