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Topless women to rally in Asheville for 2nd time

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina protest demanding the right for women to go topless is back for a second year.

Sunday’s rally returns to a downtown Asheville park where an initial demonstration last year drew dozens of bare-breasted women. Police estimated about 2,000 people showed up to watch.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that opponents have created a website to show photos of what they call “degrading” acts at the rally. Opponents also are holding a completing rally in Pritchard Park.

The newspaper reports that while cities from Waynesville to Wilmington have local ordinances that prohibit women from exposing their breasts in public, Asheville’s city attorney believes a 1970 state appeals court ruling said female breasts were not “private parts” and therefore can’t be considered indecent.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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