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Men arrested over naked protest

Men arrested over naked protest

Five men have been arrested after protesting naked outside of a court.

The men were demonstrating outside of the gates of the Hunan Provincial Higher People's court and were photographed by many passers by.

They were reportedly part of a group of ten hired by Li Tianming, who was involved in a case over a utilities development dispute.

The protest lasted for around 20 minutes before police came out from the court, asked them to dress and then arrested them.

Although Li had initially won the case in the Yongzhou Intermediate People's Court, the utilities development company appealed to the Hunan Provincial Higher People's court.

The case was then sent for retrial and eventually the decision was overturned.

Unhappy with the decision, Li appealed to a higher court, but failed. He then appealed to the Supreme People's Court but was also unsuccessful.

He then made an application to the Hunan Provincial People's Procuratorate for prosecutorial supervision, but this was rejected.

This resulted in Li gathering ten men to conduct the bizarre protest.

The naked protesters will be detained for 15 to 20 days, while the case is investigated by the Hunan's public security bureau.

In 2012, three female Aids activists on America were arrested after demonstrating in their birthday suits over potential cuts in HIV programmes.

The protesters, had the words 'AIDS cuts kill' painted on their bodies and had linked arms with four men, who also stripped off as part of the campaign.

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