Indian students asked to stop protest rallies
Indian community leaders have asked students protesting against the racial attacks on them in Australia to put an end to their street rallies, saying they have already served the purpose.india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 18:20 IST
Indian community leaders have asked students protesting against the racial attacks on them in Australia to put an end to their street rallies, saying they have already served the purpose.
Indian students last night took to the streets of Harris Park in Sydney for the third consecutive night to protest at what they claim are racially motivated attacks.
Yadu Singh, coordinator of the Indian Consul General’s community committee on Indian students’ issues, said an urgent meeting in Pennant Hills had ended with calls for an end to the protests.
Attended by the community leaders and students, Singh said, in the meeting all had agreed that there was no need for continued rallies.
“One thing is clear - the rallies have served their purpose and we don’t want any more rallies in Harris Park, that is the community’s view,” Singh said, adding “They are disrupting the normal life of the people in the suburbs.”
Singh said students present at the meeting had agreed to pass on the request to other protesters.
Despite students’ claims that the attacks are racially motivated, Australian authorities have repeatedly said Indians are not the target of hate crimes, according to media reports.
First Published: Jun 11, 2009 11:17 IST