Protest held against racial attacks on Indian students in Australia

June 11th, 2009 - 11:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Kevin Rudd New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): The growing resentment against ongoing racial attacks on Indian students in Australia was witnessed on Thursday when a group of youngsters demonstrated near the Australian Embassy.

The protest demonstration was organised by the youth wing of Congress party.

Agitated protesters wanted to handover a memorandum to the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over the ongoing attacks on Indian students.

Protestors held placards and shouted slogans against racism and demanded safety for Indian students. They tried to move towards the Australian Embassy, but were stopped by the police.

“Indian students are being subjected to discrimination and harassment in Australia and during the last three months, around 35 students have been injured in these attacks. The people in India, the parents of the students studying there, and the government are all worried about the future of those students. We have gathered here to give a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,” said K. Pant, one protester.

There have been a string of attacks in Melbourne during the past few days, which Australian authorities insist have been crime-related.

Indian students believe that the attacks were acts of racism and warned of “curry bashings” in Australia, where foreign students more than 12 billion dollars contribute. (ANI)

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