Former Oz-Indian victim calls recent incidents ’street violence’ not ‘racial attacks’

June 14th, 2009 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 14 (ANI): While the attacks on the Indian students continue unabated in Australia, some Indians believe that the sporadic attack incidents have nothing to do with racism.

Former Australian Medical Association president Mukesh Haikerwal, who himself was brutally smashed last year, said that the attacks were not related to issues of racism, but were actually ’street violence.’

“I don’t believe Australia is more racist than any other country and calling something a racial attack doesn’t disguise the fact that all these things are wrong,” The Age quoted Haikerwal, as saying.

He said that the recent incidents were likely a result of street or party violence, and that it did not involved people of any particular colour or ethnic identity.

“I don’t run away from the fact that I am of Indian origin, but I was one of seven people attacked that night, and I was the only person with any kind of colour,” Haikerwal said, while recalling last year’s attack on him that nearly killed him.

Dismayed by the situation, Haikerwal said it is very important to find out the reason behind the attacks.

“We really have to work out why this is happening and send the message that violence is unacceptable in our society,” he said. (ANI)

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