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A peaceful protest will take place on Sun 2nd October, 12 noon outside offices of National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi in Papatoetoe, Auckland.

There has been outstanding support and solidarity for the students from The Catholic Church in Aotearoa, The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ Council of Trade Unions, leading barristers, The Labour party of NZ, The Green Party of NZ, many trade unions, Socialist organisations, activists, community groups and members of civil society. Despite that the Minister of Immigration has refused to meet the students and their supporters in person.

The students and their supporters are particularly incensed at the failure of several National MP’s of Indian ethnic origin who claim to represent the Indian community but have been conspicuously silent on this issue. This was apparent during the protest held on 26 Sep outside a public meeting hosted by National List MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar and presented by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. Neither Dr Parmar nor Mr English listened to or addressed the students facing deportation. More alarming was the fact that the venue doors were locked from inside for what was billed a public meeting. The students? request to be escorted in and out of the meeting by police present and deployed with Tasers at the protest was also ruthlessly declined.

Comparison of the Indian students with faulty fridges by National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi only adds to the outrage caused by Immigration New Zealand?s decision to deport the students for something they have not done.