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RI warns Oz with notice over harassment of students

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2019   /  01:28 am

Two Indonesian Muslims studying in Canberra who wish to remain unnamed were just minding their own business as they strolled about in the heart of the Australian capital on a Thursday afternoon when two strangers started yelling at them.

An Australian woman and her male friend pointed fingers at them while slurring loud comments about the students’ hijabs.

“Why do you wear all black? Why are you even still alive? It isn’t fair to us,” said Welhelmus Poek, the Canberra chapter’s chairman of the Indonesian Students Association in Australia (PPIA), recounting the experience that was reported to him by one of the students last week.

The students, identified only as MT and AY, both of whom are pursuing master’s degrees at Australian universities in Canberra, immediately reported their experiences to the local police and the PPIA. The latter then reported the i...