Auckland- Few anti immigrants groups threaten to attack the Solidarity Rally organised by deportee Indian students and their supporters. Police beefed up the security of rally in Auckland to avoid law and order issue.The deportee students and their supporters are gathering today( Feb 11) for a solidarity rally on 3pm outside Auckland Unitarian Church, 1a Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland at 3pm
While there has been some positive news today whereby the Associate Minister of Immigration is looking at the students’ cases and no action will be taken against the students until next week, this is far from what the students have demanded since May 2016. Students demand cancellation of deportation orders, permission to complete education and permission to apply for one year work search visa.
Migrant Workers Association leader Anu Kaloti told to “IndiaNZherald” that, ” this solidarity rally is intends for reviewing the deportation order for Indian Students facing deportation. The Students have been in sanctuary at the Auckland Unitarian Church since Waitangi Day, Mon 6 Feb 2017.” There is also an online petition requesting Minister Michael Woodhouse to show compassion and cancel the deportation orders
Meanwhile Kanwaljith Bhakshi MP a Nationalist MP based in Manukau East advised to deportee students that, 9 deportee students to go back to India on voluntarily, as it make worsen the situation if they wish to stay illegally in New Zealand . The interview with Kanwaljith Bhakshi a couple of months ago, he compared overseas students to “faulty fridges” that should be sent back to where they came from. After few days he said that his comments had been “misinterpreted”
However Andrew Little, the Labour party leader visited deportee students and offered support of Labour party, at Unitarian Church Auckland , where deportee students have been in Sancturary from 6th Feb. Andrew Little promised to students that he will make a last-ditch appeal to the Government not to deport a group of Indian students over fraudulent documents submitted by their immigration agents. He consider this issue as political not in beurocratic
Green party also showed a compassionate approach to deportee students, as their one of the Members of Parliament Denise Roche approached to immigration minister to review deportee students issue in a compassionate background.
In the last few days there has been ever growing support for the Students from members of the general public in New Zealand and further afield. Donations of food and meals have been overwhelming. .