Indian overseas students rally outside Victorian Parliament over recent attacks. PHOTO: Neeraj Nanda, South Asia Times
By our community reporter
Melbourne: An estimated 5000 strong rally of Indian overseas students and community today marched to the Victorian Parliament protesting recent attacks on Indian students here. The rally organised by the Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) carried banners demanding end to racial attacks on Indian students. Candles were also lit on the steps of the Victorian Parliament by the protesters.
The rally was addressed by FISA and other leaders. The FISA demanded a multicultural police force for Victoria, an advertising campaign to highlight the contribution of International students to the Australian economy, insurance policy for students covering ambulance, accidents and assaults, increased police vigil at ‘High Risk Zones’, adequate accommodation for all international students and funding for the ‘FISA International Student Integration Program”.
The peaceful rally at the Parliament House later ended with a pledge to continue the struggle against racist attacks and to create harmony in Australian society.
An estimated 95,000 Indian overseas students study in various Australian universities. About 30,000 of them are studying in and around Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh student who was attacked and was in a coma in the Royal Melbourne Hospital is said to be ‘stable’ but serious. His life support has been reportedly removed.