Oz protest racism by eating Indian food
Melbourne, Feb 24: Australian on Wednesday, Feb 23 protested against the racial attacks on Indians in a delicious way.
'Naan', 'tandoori chicken' and 'chicken tikka' were the menu of the day for thousands of Australians, including Victorian Premier John Brumby, who thronged into the Indian restaurants to treat themselves to the authentic Indian cuisines.
The mass dining was part of the 'Vindaloo Against Violence' campaign, which started off to protest the racist attacks against the Indians.
Brumby dined with leading Indian community members like Primus Telecom chief Ravi Bhatia at the Indian restaurant 'Desi Dhaba' in the up-market Flinders street.
Speaking about the event, Brumby said that through this event Victorian wants to show their solidarity to the Indians.
"Vindaloo against Violence initiative is a unique opportunity for Victorian to unite and send a message that the actions of an ignorant few will not be allowed to undermine the reputation of Melbourne as a peaceful and friendly city," he said.
Official statement said that as a sign of support Indian cusines were also served in the state parliament dinning hall.
"This great initiative combines that culinary reputation and uses it to send a message that we do not accept violence against any members of our community," the statement said.
Massive support was also seen from State government authorities and Victoria Police as they stepped into the Indian restaurants to have a taste of authentic Indian cuisines across the city.
Expressing the enthusiasm of the members to show the solidarity, Multicultural Liaison officer and leading senior constable Dinesh Nettur said they were keen to get involved and show support for the Indian community.
"We believe this is a simple way for Victorians to say no to all violence as well support our vibrant Indian community. Nothing brings a community together like food and Melbourne is home to some of the world's best Indian restaurants."
Acting Assistant Commissioner (Region 1) Andrew Crisp and a dozen other Melbourne-based police will be joining Nettur in dining in Flinders Street.
The event was started off on social networking site Facebook by Melbourne digital media designer Mia Northrop which was eventually responded by 10,000 participants.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, too reportedly joined the event on microblogging site Twitter.