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Perth rector protests of strip-search after peaceful demonstration

19 December 2014

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THE Rector of a parish in Perth, the Revd Lorna Green, has protested at being strip-searched by police after a recent peaceful demonstration at the Perth office of the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Ms Green was part of a group of eight Christians, including a Uniting Church Minister and pastors from other denominations, protesting against plans by the federal government to transfer 25 babies, born to asylum-seekers in Australia, to detention on the island of Nauru, in the South Pacific. All of the group were strip-searched after their arrest. They will face court later this month.

The group plan to complain about their treatment to the Corruption and Crime Commission. The Uniting Church's Western Australia Moderator, the Revd Steve Francis, said that the police had "deliberately humiliated people engaged in a peaceful act of civil disobedience". Strip-searching was an "offensive response to Christian concern for the vulnerable", he said.

Ms Green said that she felt humiliated and outraged by her treatment.

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