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Jagmeet Singh speaks out against Vancouver's rise of racism during pandemic

FILE - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks to reports on Parliament Hill following a caucus meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
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Jagmeet Singh, is encouraging people to speak out if they see others committing hate crimes

The VPD said there had been 29 hate crimes against Asian people in Vancouver so far this year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Federal NDP Leader and Burnaby South MP, Jagmeet Singh, is speaking out against the rise in hate-crimes against the Asian community in Vancouver.

On Friday, the VPD said there had been 29 hate crimes against Asian people in Vancouver in 2020.

“I have spoken to people who have been victims of racism during this pandemic. Fear breeds hate. Hate breeds violence. If we all speak out, we can make sure hate is given no space to take hold and no air to breathe,” Singh tweeted Saturday morning.

The VPD says because hate crimes are often under-reported, police fear more incidents have taken place than they’re aware of.

On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan made a plea to British Columbians to support victims.

“It’s just no longer acceptable and I’m grateful to see citizens standing up to racism when they see it. We need to do that with increasing regularity,” he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also spoken out against the incidents targeting Asian-Canadians.