Saudi students studying in Australia have dismissed anti-Islamic rallies around the country over the weekend as the views of a minority, but have said that students are now more fearful of anti-Islamic attitudes and attacks than in the past.

"Most students absolutely know that it's only a minority act and that it's not representative of Australian society," said president of the Saudi Student Association in Brisbane, Abdullah Asiri, who has been studying in Australia for the last four years.

"But those who use public transport are scared of people who are against Islam. It's not as before where people would go anywhere without thinking about this."

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