Activists protest against Oz attack in New Delhi

June 4th, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 4 (ANI): Protesting against the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia, members of a ‘Rashtrawadi Sena’ burnt Australian flags in New Delhi.

To represent that no action being taken against the perpetrators of the attacks, ‘Rashtrawadi Sena’ activists wore masks of Australian prime minister, home minister and foreign affairs minister and tied their hands.

Activists also went to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding safety for the Indian students in Australia.

“We are going to say to our prime minister that you have had enough talks. The matter cannot be left after having talks with Australian authorities. We demand our prime minister to ensure safety of our about one-lakh students who are studying there,” said Jaibhaghwan Goyal, head of Rashtravdi Sena.

The racial attacks have caused diplomatic discomfort, with the Ministry of External Affairs summoning the Australian High Commissioner last week to convey its concern and urge action.

On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd condemned the series of attacks on Indian students as calls mounted for a wider probe into the country’s international student sector.

Australia is a major destination for Indian students studying abroad, who recognize the high quality and cost competitiveness of Australian education services.

Australia’s international education sector is the country’s third largest export earner, behind coal and iron ore, totalling A$13 billion ($10 billion) in 2007-08.

Enrolments of Indian students in Australia have increased at an average annual rate of around 41 per cent since 2002. There were over 97,035 Indian enrolments in Australia in 2008.

Reports of some educational institutions forcing foreign students to live in cramped conditions and not delivering promised services had hit the headlines in the Australian newspapers. (ANI)

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