Hundreds of people from Chinese-American communities in Philadelphia and surrounding areas have held a march and rally to protest crime and violence targeting their communities.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the demonstrators at Saturday's rally in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall were especially protesting recent armed home invasion robberies of business owners in the city.

They also expressed anger about a rap song and video with lyrics about scoping out homes in Chinese neighborhoods to commit burglaries.

Speakers called on police to patrol more around Asian-owned businesses and take even low-level crimes against such firms more seriously so that they don't escalate into more serious crimes.

The demonstrators - who also came from New Jersey, New York and Delaware - then marched to Philadelphia's Chinatown neighborhood.