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Philippine Ambassador Responds To Barry's Comments

Residents start campaign asking for apology

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Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, has drawn criticism from the ambassador to the Philippines.
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Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, has drawn criticism from the ambassador to the Philippines.

Another comment by D.C. Council Member Marion Barry aimed at Asians has generated another round of criticism. This time, however, Barry's remarks have sparked an international rebuke.

Today, the ambassador to the Philippines issued a statement calling Barry's latest remarks, "intolerant and narrow-minded" and said Barry's penchant for blaming Asians fuels racism, discrimination and violence.

On Monday, Barry said he wanted more D.C. residents to become nurses so that city hospitals didn't have to rely on immigrant nurses from the Philippines. This follows Barry's remarks earlier in the month, when he called Asian-owned businesses in his ward dirty.

Meanwhile, a coalition of Asian-American groups launched the "Say Sorry Barry" campaign today, and is urging the Ward 8 council member to apologize and meet with local leaders to foster tolerance.

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