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Indian group takes to streets for safety awareness

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Following crime incidents targeting Indians in New Zealand,  community leaders Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Claudette Hauiti are organising a walk on 7 March to “Claim Back Safe Streets”.

The walk for “safer communities” will be followed by an event behind Auckland’s Papatoetoe Library to raise awareness.

Papatoetoe witnessed a vicious attack earlier in January, when Praveet Kaur was savagely assaulted in daylight by a stranger as she walked down a street in her neighbourhood.

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She was not far from her home while a group of 15 neighbours watched as she was brutally punched in the head and face by the attacker.

The only help the watchers offered was dialling 111. Her repeated plea for help fell on deaf ears. Praveet fractured her nose and eye socket, and ended up with bruised eyes and swollen hands.

In the wee hours of a Saturday in November last year, 25-year-old Tarun Asthana was mercilessly beaten outside McDonald’s in downtown Auckland – apparently because he complimented a young woman. The trainee teacher was punched so hard by Grenville David McFarland, a navy sailor, that Tarun’s head hit the pavement. Tarun succumbed to fatal injuries.  Grenville has been allowed to remain on duty.

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Coke Super Bowl ad upsets many

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Soft drink giant Coca Cola’s multi-million dollar campaign at the Super Bowl drew extensive criticism for its multicultural message.

The one-minute video, a multilingual rendition of “America Is Beautiful” in Spanish, Arabic and English showcased cultural and racial diversity of the United States.

The commercial exposed cultural intolerance of many in the audience, including former Congressman Allen West who took to blogging about his displeasure with the Coke ad during the game.

“If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘American (sic) the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition,” he wrote.

Allen went on to include the words of  President Teddy Roosevelt, “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”



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