Indian student attacks not all racist
Last night’s demonstration of about 70 protesters in Harris Park, a suburb in Sydney’s west, has reignited the issue of violence against Indian students.
The students believe members of the Lebanese community are behind the racially-motivated attacks.
Foreign Minister for India SM Krishna has urged the community to stay calm, noting that he has received assurances that the Australia government will take care of security issues.
“They should be restrained,” he said. “They have gone there to pursue higher studies and they should concentrate on that, rather than retaliate.”
Australian High Commissioner to India John McCarthy denied that all the attacks were racist in nature, though admitted that “some of the crimes committed against them have had a racial element in them and I think there has been increased concern among the Indian student community as a whole in Australia”.
Police arrested two men, although one was later released without charge and the other will be required to appear in court later this month.