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International students are not cash cows: protest

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A march containing hundreds of protesters rallying for Indian students erupted in Sydney at the weekend following a similar protest that occurred in Melbourne last week. Protesters demanded an end to racist violence and told the government to stop treating them like cash cows. President of the National Union of Students David Barrow said Indian students faced systemic discrimination, including violence, overcrowding and exploitation: "We need police to be educated about international student issues. The only fair education system is one that is fair for local and international students." Rally MC Ruchir Punjabi called the protest a success due to the large turnout. "The issues for international students have been building up for a while - safety, accommodation, transport, discrimination at work," he said. The National Union of Students will release a full report on international student issues later this week. It will include a list of demands to government and educational institutions.

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