Climate protestors recently held a number of very public protests in Lisbon, leading to a number of arrests. Image: Miguel A. Lopes/ Lusa
Climate protestors recently held a number of very public protests in Lisbon, leading to a number of arrests. Image: Miguel A. Lopes/ Lusa

Investigation opens into allegations that female climate activists were ‘strip searched’

An investigation by the ministry of the interior administration has opened into claims that PSP police strip-searched female climate activists after two recent protests, but did not do the same with their male co-conspirators. The probe has been prompted by a complaint lodged by one of the young women who claims to have been so searched. The complaint also refers to activists being handcuffed for more than 10 hours, and there is a second issue referring to the strip search of a transgender activist. As reports this weekend recall, this is not the first time police have been accused of ‘differential treatment’ of female climate protestors.