Demonstrators draw attention to Iraq conflict by baring it all

Published: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 12:38 a.m.
Wanna get some attention? Try taking your clothes off.
That's what a group of 22 men did in a field near Gainesville last month in a protest against a possible war against Iraq. The men formed the word "PEACE" and a peace sign with their nude bodies, while a photographer snapped photos that were sent to news media outlets worldwide.
The bare-it-all demonstration was modeled after a similar protest in California, said Linda Pollini, a Green Party activist who helped organize the event.
She said some participants had traveled to Washington, D.C., a month earlier to protest the government's stance against Iraq. Disappointed by the news media coverage of the D.C. event, they decided to try another tactic: nudity.
Apparently, buff works. Pollini said the group has been contacted by people from as far away as France, Germany and Canada. Groups in other states may be planning similar events, and others have suggested turning the photos into a calendar or making a documentary about the protests.
But don't forget, the whole thing bares a message.
"It was not done as a joke or something funny," Pollini said.
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