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Leaders ask community to stand together against rise in anti-Asian attacks

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Queens is a borough where 200 languages are spoken, but on Monday, there was one unifying message: there is no place for hate.

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- Well, a call today in Queens to fight hate crimes against Asian-Americans. Community leaders coming together today to urge the public to stand together against a troubling rise in attacks. Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg with the story.

LAUREN GLASSBERG: In Queens, a borough where 200 languages are spoken, one unifying idea today.

- There is no place in Queens for hate.

LAUREN GLASSBERG: Community leaders condemning a rash of hate crimes in the city. Last week, alone, a swastika drawn on a Rego Park synagogue and four Asian New Yorkers assaulted in three separate incidents. Since the pandemic began, Asian-Americans have been increasingly targeted.

BRIAN CHEN: The community members still feel, and unfortunately feel, fearful for their safety because everything that's been going on in our city and around the country.

LAUREN GLASSBERG: The NYPD sending its leader of the newly-created anti-Asian task force to today's news conference.

STEWART LOO: On behalf of the community and NYPD, I'd like to say hate is not tolerated. Violence is not tolerated. And the days of our Asian-American victims taking it on the chin and moving, those days are over. New York City will hold you accountable.

LAUREN GLASSBERG: A call to stop downplaying those attacks on Asian-Americans and to bring their attackers to justice.

MELINDA KATZ: We are investigating now 30 cases that we've had over the last year of hate-- of alleged hate crimes.

LAUREN GLASSBERG: And those cases are just in Queens. A city as a whole dealing with many more. Hate doing its best to sever the very cultural connections that make New York City so vibrant.