Thursday, June 11, 2009

Indian students in Sydney allege Lebanese youths attack them

Indian students today alleged that Lebanese youths were behind the racially-motivated attacks on them here as they took to the streets for the third consecutive night protesting against racial attacks. The spate of racial attacks against Indians spread to Sydney after members of the community were targeted in Melbourne.

Scores of Indian students last night took to the streets of Harris Park in Sydney for the third consecutive night to protest racially-motivated against them by Lebanese youths. The protesters alleged that police were ignoring their pleas for protection.

The protests came a day after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned Indian students against "vigilante action" to prevent attacks against them. Indian protesters continue to say that they were being attacked by Lebanese youths.

A man, who took part in the protest, was issued with a court notice for carrying an offensive weapon after being allegedly found with a piece of timber during a police search. Meanwhile, Parramatta city council held a meeting with police, India's Consul General and members of Sydney's Indian community, with organisers saying students had agreed to stop protest rallies.

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