Monday 26 June 2017

Women stage topless protest claiming sunbathers' rights in Argentina

Smaller protests have occurred throughout the country in recent weeks

A woman poses topless with the words
A woman poses topless with the words "The tit is not a crime" written on her back during a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A woman with the text written in Spanish on her torso "I will not ask for permission," protests during a bare-breasted demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A woman holds a sign that reads in Spanish "People are uncomfortable with sexuality that is not for male consumption," during a bare-breasted demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A woman poses topless with the words "I am free" written on her back during a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Topless women attend a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci TEMPLATE OUT
Topless women attend a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A woman poses topless with the words "I am free" written on her back during a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Luc Cohen and Miguel Lobianco

Dozens of topless women, joined by hundreds of fully clothed protesters, demonstrated in Buenos Aires on Tuesday to demand the right to sunbathe semi-nude after police asked bare-breasted women to leave a nearby beach.

Smaller protests have occurred throughout the country in recent weeks in response to the January incident and it remains unclear if Argentine law allows women to go topless on public beaches.

Police cited a national criminal code article prohibiting "obscene displays" to justify asking the women to leave the beach, although at least one judge ruled after the incident that going topless was not a crime.

Arguing that women should have the same right as men to sunbathe topless, the women chanted, painted slogans on their bodies and held signs reading: "The only breasts that bother them are the ones that aren't for sale."

A woman with the text written in Spanish on her torso
A woman with the text written in Spanish on her torso "I will not ask for permission," protests during a bare-breasted demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The demonstration in downtown Buenos Aires followed the "Not One Less" protests late last year in which tens of thousands of Argentines protested gender-related violence after the rape and killing of a 16-year-old girl.

The protesters said the incident on the beach exemplified social inequality between men and women in Argentina.

A woman poses topless with the words
A woman poses topless with the words "I am free" written on her back during a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

"In many places, when a woman reports gender violence, they don't listen, but when a woman shows her breasts they send so many police," said Grace Prounesti Piquet, a 33-year-old photographer with the words "The breast is not a crime" painted in pink on her back. "It's a shame."

The protest drew a large number of male gawkers, prompting chants of "Get out" from women demonstrators.

Topless women attend a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci TEMPLATE OUT
Topless women attend a protest in response to a recent incident on an Argentine resort beach between police and topless sunbathers, in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci TEMPLATE OUT

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