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. 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 year-old girl. The protesters said the incident on the beach exemplified social inequality between men and women in Argentina. The protest drew a large number of male gawkers, prompting chants of "Get out" from women demonstrators.
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The situation was soon out of control, with one of the women setting upon a man who was trying to take her photograph, while fighting broke out between men supporting the women and those intent on staring at them. One man approached the women and exposed himself, prompting further outrage. Eventually more women turned up, and pushed away all the men around them, including journalists. The protests were in response to an incident on January 28 , when police were called to Necochea, a popular beach in Buenos Aires, by some bathers who were outraged that a group of women had taken their bikini tops off. The incident was filmed and later went viral on social networks. It shows police initially trying to persuade three women to cover themselves up and eventually calling in reinforcements as more and more people gathered round, with some expressing their support for the women and others calling for them to be arrested for indecency. Eventually, some 20 officers arrived at the scene, and, threatened with arrest and handcuffs, the women left the beach.
March follows beach incident when 20 police threatened three with arrest for showing their breasts
This is a list of social nudity places in South America used for recreation. This list includes topfree beaches, clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches and some resorts. Topfree beaches allow women to sunbathe without a bikini top or other clothing above the waist. Clothing-optional beaches allow either sex to sunbathe with or without clothing above or below the waist. A nude beach may also be an obligatory nude area, which means that both sexes are obliged to go without clothing above as well as below the waist.
Police, as seen in a heated exchange captured on film involving dozens of people, asked three young women lying on a southern Buenos Aires beach to put their shirts back on. Some protestors told journalists the incident was just the latest example of grave social inequality between men and women in the traditionally Catholic nation. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?