More than 1,500 protesters take to the streets in Sydney and Melbourne Wednesday. The protests in Australia were organized by the National Union of Students to focus attention on students' safety, their demands for transport concessions and other issues.
The parents of a young Chinese man who was murdered in Australia made a tearful plea for information Wednesday as more than 1,500 protesters took to the streets in Sydney and Melbourne to demand better protection for overseas students.
Chen Deliang, the father of murdered 27-year-old Chen Jun, apologized to the media for his distraught state.
"It is hard for me to accept and to understand why such a good person could die in Australia in such a heinous way," Chen said, as his wife, Xue Meiying, held a framed photograph of their only child.
The protests were organized by the National Union of Students (NUS) to focus attention on several issues affecting students, including their safety and their demands for transport concessions.
Elly Howse, from the University of Sydney Student Representative Council, said: "International students are perceived in a negative way, and there have been violent attacks against them in Sydney and Melbourne."
Douglas Tsoi, executive officer of the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) in Melbourne, said students from the Chinese mainland account for about 40 percent of the 10,000 students who seek assistance - on issues including safety, employment and education - from AFIS each year.