Last week, a USyd student of colour was punched, spat-on and keyed in the eye as part of a string of racially motivated attacks perpetrated by a 30 to 40 year old man. With anti-China protests happening in UQ, Sinophobic and racist sentiments are increasingly occurring nation-wide in universities. ACAR condemns these actions wholeheartedly, and stands in solidarity with the victims of the attacks. Attacks like these dispel the white-liberal myth that we are living in a post-racial society. Anti-Chinese sentiment in particular, is on the rise, with the Australian state and news media doubling down on racist caricatures in the midst of an offensive trade war. We must all be cognisant of the concerted effort to sow seeds of division in hopes to justify a future attack.
ACAR, as a collective that represents POC, also expresses solidarity with movements across the Global South struggling for democratic rights and against brutal authoritarianism. In particular, we condemn the Modi regime’s revocation of Section 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The fascistic Indian state has intensified the occupation of Kashmir, detaining opposition leaders, imposing an information blackout and mobilising thousands of troops to suppress resistance from the local population. In a similar vein, we express solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and their struggle against CCP authoritarianism. However, we reject any attempts to utilise the struggle for Hong Kong’s autonomy as a pretext for war against China, or for Sinophobic, yellow-peril attacks against Chinese people in Australia.
ACAR is co-hosting a student contingent to the upcoming State Wide protest for Black Lives Matter. The protest is being organised by family members of Indigenous people who have been victims of police brutality.The event will be held at 12:30 pm on the 21st of August at Town Hall. Please come along if you can, and contact us if you want to help promote the rally.
Ellie Wilson, Himath Siriniwasa and Swapnik Sanagavarapu
Students' Representative Council, University of Sydney