The Australian Prime Minister has denied allegations of racism and bloodshed on Tuesday, as he withdrew from threatening Australian detainees trying to flee Covid-hit India.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has moved to prevent travelers from India from entering Australia until May 15, threatening criminals – including Australian citizens – during a prison term.
Amid the growing violence, Morrison said it was “absolutely impossible” for Australians fleeing the ban to be arrested. “I think the chances of this happening are very high,” Morrison told a morning news conference.
An estimated 9,000 Australians are believed to be from India, where hundreds of thousands of new cases of coronavirus are found daily and the death toll is rising.
Among those trapped are Australia’s top sports stars – cricket players who play in the Indian Premier League. Former Test cricket star Michael Slater was among those who challenged Morrison’s decision, saying it was “disgraceful”.
“Blood on your hand’s PM. How dare you treat us like this, ”he wrote on Twitter. Morrison later said the idea of having blood on his hands was “absurd”.
“Money will stand here when it comes to these decisions, and I will make decisions that I believe will protect Australia in the third round,” he said. “I’m working to get them home safely,” he added, indicating that return flights could begin shortly after May 15.
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