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Indian students to protest again

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/09/2016

International Indian students facing deportation from New Zealand are planning to protest outside a meeting attended by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar and Finance Minister Bill English.

They say they'll be outside Lynfield Community Church in Auckland at 6.30pm on Monday to continue a series of public protests on the issue.

Organisers say they 150 students being deported are victims of unscrupulous India-based immigration agents who have used fake financial documents to get them into the country on student visas.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says ultimately the students are responsible for what is submitted on their own behalf.

He also says officials have put the number of affected students at just 39.

Despite an outcry of support from all quarters, the government has not made "any efforts to deliver justice to the Indian students", protest organisers say.

Instead the government continues to portray the Indian students facing deportation as criminals.

The students' future is in the hands of the New Zealand government, they say.

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