Park flooded with topless protesters after cops swoop on bare-chested sunbather

A woman who was surrounded by six cops after she decided to sunbathe in a park says “I kept my t*ts up and my eyes piercing. I was scared but I felt strong”.

Eloyse Paquet Poisson wrote a post on Facebook describing how one sunny day in May she slipped her top off in a Quebec park while she was sitting on a blanket doing macrame and smoking a cigarette.

“It was a gorgeous hot sunny day,” she wrote. “There were a lot of topless dudes at the park…

“I wanted to get some sun and with luck to be able to catch a cool breeze that would cool off my under-boob”.

She says a police officer watched her for at least ten minutes before deciding to come over and asking her to “cover herself”.

When she pointed out that there were plenty of men in the park without shirts on, the cop was unimpressed.

Ten minutes later, she says, “five more police officers arrived as 'reinforcement'".

"The five of them moved on me,” Eloyse said. “My heart was beating fast, but I kept my tits up and my eyes piercing. I was scared but I felt strong."

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“There is no law against a woman being topless in a park in the Canadian Criminal Code and Quebec City's bylaw is essentially the same."

People in the park started standing up for her, said Eloyse, including one shirtless man who asked the cop: "Are you going to arrest me?"

In the end, the officers were unable to find anything to charge Eloyse with.

Even worse, from the cops’ point of view, is that sparked by Eloyse’s experience a large group of activists launched a Free The Nipple protest in the park – taking the topless woman count in the park from one to several dozen.

Alice Lacroix, organiser of the protest, explained: "What happened with Eloyse was very problematic on the side of the police," she said.

"There cannot be five policemen around one women who is doing something that's completely legal, but what we also need to remember is somebody called the police. They didn't just see her. They called and complained."

She added: "I know that what we're doing today is bothering a lot of people. and I say, good… Because at the end of the day, what we're claiming is our rights to use our bodies the way that we want to."

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