Nine Christian leaders arrested at Bendigo senator’s office seeking release of asylum seeker children
Prayer sit-in seeks local Senator’s support for end to children’s time in immigration detention
NINE Christian leaders from Bendigo and surrounds have been arrested by Victoria Police this afternoon, 21 October, at the office of Senator Bridget McKenzie as they sat and prayed in her office for the release of all children and families from detention. The arrests happened at the office of Senator McKenzie in Hargreaves Mall in Bendigo at around 1pm. The leaders, including clergy from the Pentecostal, Anglican and Uniting churches, indicated that they were unwilling to leave the office until Senator McKenzie agreed to be a public champion for the release of all children and families from detention.
All have been released pending summons for trespass. This morning’s arrests are a part of the Love Makes A Way national campaign advocating for a change to Australia’s inhumane policies towards asylum seeker children and their families. The sit-in followed numerous requests for a meeting with Senator McKenzie, which had received no response..
Pastor Dylan LeClerc, minister at Epicentre Church and one of the nine arrested said “We hope this demonstrates to the government how serious we are in our commitment to seeing the 789 children and their families released from Australia’s immigration detention centres.”
The Very Rev John Roundhill, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, said he was involved in the sit-in because “children matter”.
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