Opinion

Will you stand against racism on July 12?

The Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman.
The Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman. David Nielsen

WHEN two workers from the Indian Mehfil restaurant were allegedly attacked in the City Mall, residents voiced their disgust on our website and Facebook pages.

One reader called for a march of support down Brisbane St for Raj Sharma and the Indian community.

At the time I believed it was taking things a little too far, but after Tuesday's daylight racial vilification of the Sharma family I see new merit in the idea.

As such the QT is planning to facilitate a public show of support, not just for Raj Sharma and his staff, but for all those who have moved from other countries to Australia and now call Ipswich home.

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, read our front page story yesterday and dropped everything to drive to Ipswich to find out first-hand what was going on in this city.

Between TV interviews, I spoke with him about the idea of a public rally here in Ipswich and he has agreed to come back to town to address the rally.

The QT's Stand Against Racism rally will involve a public gathering at 11am on Saturday, July 12 in front of the Indian Mehfil Restaurant.

If you have been outraged by what has been happening, then I would ask that you give us just 30 minutes of your time to reveal to all that Ipswich does not - and will not - put up with racism.

More information on the rally will be supplied in the coming week.

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