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Filipino Am pleads for end to Asian hate after being beaten

“Please! Stop the hate. Please!” Cesar Echano pleaded during an interview with NBC LA.

The 70 year old Filipino American was going on a stroll with his wife in a park in Cerritos, just south of Los Angeles, when a young man approached him.

“’Why are you looking at me? You son of a bitch! Bastard,”’ he recalls the man saying.

“You don’t belong here! Go back to your country,” the man continued.

The couple tried to ignore him and went into their car. As Echano put on his seatbelt, he said the door suddenly opened.

“And then he goes… pow.”

The vicious hit sent him to the emergency room where doctors treated his severely injured eye.

The incident has outraged the community and at least two rallies are planned in response.

“To see that one of our own got hurt in a city with a large Asian American and Pacific Islander population, it’s a shock. We need to take a stand,” Neil Estrada said to Spectrum News1.

“Every time there is another one of these incidents, it’s important to bring awareness around it,” said Jordan Mendoza of Asians with Attitude.

A solidarity walk is planned at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Don Knabe Cerritos Regional Park, the site of the attack. That will be followed by a rally 10 a.m. on June 26, also at the Don Knabe Park.

“This is a rallying cry,” Estrada said.

Although Echano’s injuries are expected to heal, the impact will be long term.

The suspect remains at large.

I don’t want to go out anymore,” Echano said. “They didn’t find him.”

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