After alleged attack, anti-Asian hate rally scheduled for Friday night
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Protesters plan to march down State Street on Friday after an alleged attack by an Asian student near the UW-Madison campus.
Organizers of the Rally Against Asian Hate in Madison wrote on Facebook that on June 14, the PhD student was “randomly attacked by five unknown young men on University Ave.”
They continued in their post, “Incidents of such a racist nature are not something new on campus.”
Protesters plan to gather in Capitol Square at 4 p.m. and march to the Library Mall.
The 5th-year doctoral student confirmed to NBC15 that the Madison Police Department is investigating his case.
Police wrote Friday that the battery took place on June 14 on the 400 block of W. Gilman Street. The street is connected to University Avenue.
MPD wrote in a statement to NBC15 on Friday, in part: “Detectives have no information to believe Tuesday’s attack was racially motivated. No comments or remarks were made to the victim at the time of Tuesday’s attacks.
Tuesday’s attack is the third battery in the city center in the past two weeks, police said.
The statement to NBC15 continued, “The victims of the other attacks come from a variety of backgrounds and at this stage of our investigation, it appears they were random in nature.”
The university shared a statement Thursday, citing “recent acts of violence and assault against students that occurred near the UW-Madison campus.”
A spokesperson for the university wrote to NBC15 on Friday, “Members of our Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American communities have in recent years in the United States and around the world faced increasing threats to their safety, their well-being and sense of belonging. The recent incident may raise additional safety concerns and cause trauma. The university continues its work to create safe, fair and inclusive working, living and learning environments for all students and employees.
This is a developing story.
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