photo courtesy Mr Jeremy Rees
see the protest from Indian community against deportation of 150 Indian students, while addressing Mayor of Auckland and Prime Minister of New Zealand
Indian students being threatened with deportation, along with tens and thousands of Indians together protested at Auckland’s Diwali Festival on saturday and Sunday to demand the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and justice over injustice.
The Indian students who got deportation notice gathered and protested during the Diwali Festival at Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland on last Saturday and Sunday(Oct15th and 16th). They demanded justice be delivered in the form of the withdrawal of the deportation orders.
We believe that the majority of people of New Zealand agree that Indian students facing unfair deportations, due to fraudulent financial documents submitted to Immigration NZ on their behalf and without their knowledge by their greedy educational agents.. The visa application submitted by agents itself stamping their agency name and address. it is declared that they assisted for filing their application. So these students are innocent, must be allowed to stay and complete their education.
The students also want to tell the Indian community about the complete lack of support from National MPs of Indian origin. Furthermore, the students are alarmed and upset by the stories that National and its MPs have been fabricating about them.
“I’m from a farming family in Andhra Pradesh. Since 2001 we have been making a loss in farming. The (Indian) government is only after our agricultural land to set up industries instead of taking care of farmers. As a result, my family land has been decreasing over time and so have the opportunities for me. I completed my B. Tech in Electrical Engineering and considered coming to New Zealand”, says Sunil, one of the affected students.
Education is New Zealand’s 5th largest export at $3.8 billion per year. The current government wants to double this figure by 2025. Deporting these students with wreck this goal.
With 2017 elections just around the corner, National party cannot afford to adopt such an arrogant and racist approach. Likening Indian students to faulty fridges from China and poor children to rodents, holding public meetings behind locked doors, deploying Tasers against peaceful protesters are some recent examples of National’s arrogant approach.
Let us all unite and tell this government and its MPs that they and their dark
news courtesy -Migrant workers Association