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10,000 protest over violence against Asians in NZ

world Updated: Jul 05, 2008 08:42 IST

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An estimated 10,000 people took part in a rally in pouring rain in Auckland on Saturday to protest against violence against Asians in the city.

Police said the demonstration stretched about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) through the streets of south Auckland where three people of Asian descent have been killed in the past month.

The march was organised by the Asian Anti-Crime group and included people carrying coffins and placards with pictures of those killed.

Others carried New Zealand flags and signs calling for tougher sentencing and zero tolerance for crime.

Liquor store owner Navtej Singh was shot and killed during a robbery at his shop on June 7, a week later 80-year-old Yan Ping Yang died after being attacked by an intruder in her home.

Joanne Wang, 39, died in hospital in late June after being knocked down by a stolen vehicle in a shopping mall car park after her handbag was snatched.