In the current world of fear of terrorism, many police see terrorists where none exist. A group of 200 students representing the Federation of Indian Students of Australia, a most obvious terrorist group, came out to protest against a recent series of attacks on students by Australian racists. Ordinarily, authorities might be sympathetic to efforts by a group of students to address issues, but this is modern Australia and the sight of 200 college students undoubtedly frightened police in Victoria. Yogesh Malhotram claims about 200 police surrounded the students and came charging in to the crowd of peacefully assembled students. He said police punched and dragged students who were, for the most part, sitting down.
However, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland, defended actions of his police. “If someone inadvertently got hit in the mouth, I regret that, but that came about from actions of the demonstrators after they had been given every opportunity to leave the area.” If your mouth got in the way of a police punch, it is all your fault.
They are a bunch of kids upset about being beaten by racist thugs. Surely, some government official could have talked with them.