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Naked cyclists protest aggressive drivers in Mexico

Written by  Published in Odd News Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:45

Mexico City, June 9 (AFP) -- Thousands of naked Mexican cyclists protest against the aggressive drivers and carbon emission from cars on Saturday.

They rode naked to protest aggressive drivers and carbon emissions from cars -- and the conservativeness of central Mexico's Jalisco state -- organizers said.

Some 3,000 demonstrators -- some bare head to toe, others in bathing suits or underwear -- braved catcalls and embarrassed smiles from residents as they biked some 12 miles (20 kilometers) to end up in Guadalajara, the biggest city in Jalisco state.

In downtown Mexico City, nearly 2,000 bikers -- naked or scantily clad -- also demonstrated. Some slapped "fragile" stickers on their bodies or painted messages on their skin: "more bicycles, less pollution," and "the city is for everyone, let bikes pass."

By stripping bare for the ride, the cyclists aimed to highlight the fragility of riders, and the risks they face, on busy roads.

"It's a very conservative city, and I believe that daring to (cycle naked) pushes beyond the limits of the Catholic sense of morality," said bathing suit-clad Lucia Escalante, participating in the rally for the first time.

"That's why it's more important to show here that we are free," the 27-year-old added.

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