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Canberra enters the Sub-Continental students debacle

By johnboy - 12 June 2009 50

I have no idea if Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne are being targeted for their ethnicity, or just caught up in general breakdown of law and order.

But it’s not much fun to see Canberra now vying for space in the worldwide reporting of the issue.

The Hindu is one of many reporting on an attack in Macquarie on three Sri Lankan students:

    After Indians, a group of students from Sri Lanka have been allegedly attacked in Australia, with three men smashing the windows of their home, taunting them with “racist insults” in Macquarie in north Canberra. It is alleged that the three attacked the house after an unsuccessful attempt to crash a party. The students alleged that a car window was also broken.

    Police were investigating the allegations of attacks, ABC News reported. One of the students, Dijula Wijesuriya, said he had been threatened with a knife. “This guy comes up and takes out a knife and says ‘get out of our streets,’” he said.

One has to wonder what sort of racists try to crash the party first.

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Canberra enters the Sub-Continental students debacle
shauno 11:32 am 12 Jun 09

So justbands are you saying it wasn’t Lebanese gangs involved in this particularly in Sydney???

Jim Jones 11:31 am 12 Jun 09

It’s gotta be a troll. No-one could be that stupid and still manage to use a keyboard.

chewy14 11:30 am 12 Jun 09

“Mr. Wijesuriya said they had been living in fear, especially considering the recent violence against Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne. “We really don’t go anywhere, we just stay at home, just go to university and come back home straight away and lock the doors and stay inside.”

WTF??

Wow Canberra is hardcore, there must be racist gangs everywhere targetting people from the sub-continent.

justbands 11:28 am 12 Jun 09

> It seems as though the real culprits in this are not the Caucasian’s but the middle eastern immigrants which doesn’t surprise me.

Wow…why not throw in yet another racist remark shauno! You are a racist. That’s not a generalisation. I’m talking specifically about you…racist.

shauno 11:25 am 12 Jun 09

It seems as though the real culprits in this are not the Caucasian’s but the middle eastern immigrants which doesn’t surprise me.

I’m just presenting another point of view and they are calling us racist we’ll I think they should have a good look in their own back yard before generalizing about Australia.

Jim Jones 11:21 am 12 Jun 09

shauno said :

it just annoys me that the Australian press is always so quick to criticize our own country

Got any examples of this?

shauno said :

And then the society is to politically correct that you cant stand up there and say things that might be seen to offend a minority group even its true and just stating a fact.

So, you’re not allowed to say things like ‘the Indians are all rude and arrogant’, like post #2, right? That’s just an outrage, why should the media flinch from ‘just stating a fact’ like that?

justbands 11:20 am 12 Jun 09

Maybe it’s just me shauno…but I’ve always done ok by taking people as they come. Regardless of race (aren’t we all human in any case?), sex, religion, sexual preference, hair colour, whatever….some people are fantastic, some are ok & some are complete ar$eh0les. I refuse to ever say things like “Indians are far more racist then Australians” or “they never say please and thank you”. It’s labelling masses of people in a certain way based on their country of birth/ethnic background…that’s racism!

Jim Jones 11:16 am 12 Jun 09

shauno said :

The thing that annoys me is the Australian press always siding with these Indian students and accusing us of being racists. Well let me be politically incorrect and set a few things straight.

Are you suggesting that, contrary to popular belief (and all the evidence), racist Indian students are actually randomly attacking Caucasian on the street?

If not, WTF is the point of your post? I haven’t seen you draw any link between class (or caste) structures and racism.

All I’m hearing is you whining about how bad the Indians are. In a post about racism, that’s remarkably stupid.

shauno 11:15 am 12 Jun 09

Its just my observations here and it really stands out. All my colleagues are in agreement and it just annoys me that the Australian press is always so quick to criticize our own country which is then picked up negatively by the worlds press. And then the society is to politically correct that you cant stand up there and say things that might be seen to offend a minority group even its true and just stating a fact.

Skidbladnir 11:11 am 12 Jun 09

If you remove the word ‘racist’ from ‘racist insults’, it reads like any other forced entry.

But the idea of deserving ‘special protection’ when “The protesters alleged that police were ignoring their pleas for protection”…
Being part of a group wealthy enough to leave behind your inherited-class cultured home and going to live in what it is an egalitarian society is fine, so long as you realise that instead of the treatment your special status afforded you in the old country, you’ll be treated as equally as everyone else.

Culture shock is a bitch.

justbands 11:06 am 12 Jun 09

> Discrimination either way you look at it though..

It is, yes. Just making the point that it is different to racism though. shaunos post is what I call racism… .”they do this”, “they do that”, “they’re arrogant”.

Thumper 10:59 am 12 Jun 09

Discrimination either way you look at it though..

justbands 10:56 am 12 Jun 09

That’s not racism…that’s being “classest” (or whatever the word is).

shauno 10:52 am 12 Jun 09

The thing that annoys me is the Australian press always siding with these Indian students and accusing us of being racists. Well let me be politically incorrect and set a few things straight.

I work In India often and I’m writing this now in the pre monsoon heat in the state of Gujarat. And have to say the Indians are far more racist then Australians they have the cast system here and million of people are treated worse then dogs.

They also have a habit of never saying please and thank you and are extremely arrogant. For example on the flights after we land If one them wants to get off the plane first they have no problem at all with barging past you in the isle with no excuse me or anything. They will also reach over and take your newly bought magazine or even book from the your seat pocket and start reading it without asking. Its really a class orientated society and if your not in the upper classes then your dirt simple as that.

justbands 9:44 am 12 Jun 09

> One has to wonder what sort of racists try to crash the party first.

Your average racist isn’t known for being overly smart.

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