Police charge protesters

TWO refugee activists protesting outside Immigration Minister Chris Bowen's Fairfield West electoral office on November 29 have been charged with several offences.

The protest led by the Sydney University Anti-Racism Collective demanded the minister act immediately to save the life of an Iranian hunger striker in Nauru, Omid Sorousheh and to shut down the detention camp.

Police said they found eight people sitting outside the office and blocking access to the building. They were asked to move but allegedly failed to comply with police requests.

Police said the group began to bang on the windows of the office, intimidating staff inside.

A 25-year-old woman allegedly blocked the doorway of the office, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with police direction and resisting arrest.

Another woman,19, allegedly blocked the door to the office and began to swear loudly. She was arrested and charged with using offensive language. Both women were bailed to appear at Fairfield Local Court on January 7.

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