New Hampshire police face off with topless protestors

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New Hampshire police arrest a topless woman

In New Hampshire, there is a strong and determined movement of young people protesting the state’s "conservative" public drinking laws. They are part of the Free Keene movement, which seeks to make ours "the voluntary society." They say they "are going to accomplish this using peaceful, market-based actions. This is not a revolution. We are not revolving, or going back to the beginning. This is evolution."

One of their goals is to eradicate public drinking laws entirely — if we can drink lemonade and water in public, why not a beer?

On Sunday, they put this to a test in the town’s Central Square — and threw in a little God-given nudity to raise the stakes a bit. The results were sadly predictable:

In the streets of Keene: Bare bosoms, yes; breast painting and booze, no.

Several people were arrested Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. when a bystander reported people were drinking alcohol and taking off their clothes in Central Square downtown, police said.

Keene Police Lt. Darryl Madden said no one was arrested for nakedness, which is not illegal in Keene.

"One woman was topless … and she was getting her breasts painted by another woman," he said. "There’s no law against being naked, but you can’t be lewd or lascivious. And one person groping someone’s breasts and saying lewd things certainly qualifies." [Union-Leader]

"Saying lewd things" qualifies? Yes, it qualifies — as free speech, stupid.


Above photo from this video of an arrest.