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AMHERST — Anti-Asian rhetoric, including references made by President Donald Trump about the origins of COVID-19, and people of Asian descent facing harassment, assaults and scapegoating during the pandemic, are being called out by the Amherst Town Council.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday denouncing xenophobia and bigotry against Asians and Asian-Americans, adopting a resolution that “calls on all local public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment in any form in and around the town of Amherst.”“The Amherst Town Council recognizes that the health, safety, and dignity of all residents, no matter their race, ethnicity, or national origin, must be of utmost priority,” the proclamation states.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Gov.

Charlie Baker, state Sen. Jo Comerford and state Rep. Mindy Domb, and to U.S. Sens.

Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono, along with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, who have introduced similar resolutions in Congress.

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