In a viral video doing the rounds of social media, one of the ‘Anti-Adani’ and anti farm bill protestors can be seen assaulting an Indian Consulate of Melbourne official.
The incident happened on 26 January at the foray of the Indian Consulate building in Melbourne while the Indian Australian community was celebrating the 72nd Republic Day of India.
Between the republic day function, when a consulate staff tried to take photographs of the protestors, a man allegedly ‘elbowed’ the staff making him drop his mobile. The entire incident took place in the presence of a Victoria Police officer and hundreds of Facebook Live audience.
The group lead by predominantly Anti-Adani/Anti Farm law activists can be seen shouting slogans against India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP Amit Shah, and businessperson Gautam Adani.
“GO BACK, ADANI.”
Their banners read.
NO FARMER NO FOOD
Indian origin Tim Singh Laurence is Councillor with Darebin Council, also spoke at the protest gatthering.
However, when one of the speakers tried to incite separatist sentiment of the “Khalistan” movement some of the protesters left the gathering.
They were heard saying in the video, “We didn’t come here for this.”
A highly placed official in the Consulate has told THE AUSTRALIA TODAY, ‘No Police report’ is yet filled with Victoria Police however the whole incident happened in front of the police officers deployed at the consulate gates.
THE AUSTRALIA TODAY IS WAITING FOR A OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM THE INDIAN CONSULATE IN MELBOURNE.
Story will be updated after receving responce from anyone linked to the incidence.
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