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Indian students to protest again

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/10/2016
Supporters of Indian students will hold a protest at Auckland's Diwali Festival © Kanwal Sandhu/Moment/Getty Images Supporters of Indian students will hold a protest at Auckland's Diwali Festival

Auckland's Diwali Festival is the latest venue for a protest by supporters of Indian students upset about plans to deport them.

About 150 Indian students face deportations because fraudulent financial documents were submitted to Immigration NZ on their behalf by agents.

They want to be allowed to stay and complete their education.

There have been a number of protests on behalf of the students, and on Saturday supporters will be at the Diwali Festival at Aotea Square between 2pm and 4pm.

They will demand the withdrawal of the deportation orders.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has said the students had to be responsible for paperwork submitted on their behalf.

"Let us all unite and tell this government and its MPs that they and their dark policies are not welcome at a festival representing light. Let us also demand justice for the Indian students," organisers say.

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