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Eight church leaders detained for refusing to leave Tony Abbott’s electoral office

Hazara Asylum Seekers

May 19, 2014

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Picture: Supplied Source: NewsComAu

EIGHT religious leaders today were detained by police in Sydney after refusing to leave Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s electoral office in a protest against asylum seeker policy.

The protesters invited office staff to join prayers for about 1000 child refuge seekers in detention centres and demanded their release.

And there could be more prayer protests and civil disobedience to come in a national campaign as groups have previously occupied the offices of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

The “prayer vigil” at the Prime Minister’s office was co-ordinated with a similar sit-in in the Melbourne electoral office of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT, Rev Dr Brian Brown was at Mr Abbott’s office and a former President of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Alistair Macrae was…

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