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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February 2005, 14:10 GMT
NZ protester goes to court naked
An environmental activist in New Zealand who has been charged with indecent exposure continued his protest on Thursday by arriving at court naked.

Simon Oosterman, 24, from Auckland, did however take the step of dressing before he entered the courtroom.

He was arrested during a naked bike ride last Sunday, which he organised to protest against society's dependence on the car.

Outside court, Mr Oosterman said public nudity differed from indecent exposure.

"The purpose of the protest was to draw attention to the issue of transport emissions," the computer technician said, noting that the Kyoto protocol, which aims to curb air pollution, came into force on Wednesday.

"There has to be distinction between people flashing young girls and public nudity, which is benign."

Mr Oosterman said he decided to dress before his hearing, however, because he did not want to risk being charged with contempt of court.

A sergeant who saw him travelling naked up the courtroom's escalator "told me he was grateful I got dressed at the top".




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