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Canadian topless protest day, August 28

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Summary of story from CNW, August 25, 2011

GoTopless.org believes that women have the same constitutional right as men to go bare-chested in public and is encouraging women throughout Canada to rally bare-chested in public this coming Sunday.

“As long as men can go topless, women should have a same and equal right,” said Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement and founder of GoTopless.

“Otherwise, men should also be forced to wear something that hides their chests,” she added.

A similar rally also took place in North Carolina earlier this month (see WVoN story). Denise Belisle, coordinator for Vancouver Topless Rally said:

“Women should go topless and rally publicly in great numbers on August 28 to protest that despicable treatment and exercise their rights.

“We encourage all women’s groups and individuals to join us at these rallies. Together, with peaceful femininity but unshakable determination, we’ll protest this gross inequality in the law.”

The August 28  rallies will also be held in Toronto, even though it has been legal for women there to go topless in public according to the Canadian charter of human rights and freedoms.

“It will remind the women there to feel free and naturally exercise this fundamental right just as Canadian men do. This fundamental freedom permitted by the laws of their city that is still widely ignored by many,” Belisle said.

“One way to update the public is to be part of Topless Protest Day.”

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