If you were passing through downtown San Francisco early this morning your eyes might have wandered over to a group of women staging a protest San Francisco-style -- without their clothes on.
What you saw was a handful of women from San Francisco's CODEPINK chapter who peeled off their apparel early this morning in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's downtown office to show -- literally -- their disdain and disgust over the mistreatment of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, the America army private who was arrested last May on suspicion of releasing classified information.
The group shivered and chanted, bare and cold at 8 a.m., as they held signs reading: "Manning: Stripped of his rights, and "WikiLeaks exposed the naked truth about war."
Naturally, people stopped to chat with the unclad women and other just stopped to stare.
And then there were the voyeurs who snapped photos of the mostly topless women.
"Hopefully, it wasn't for [tits and ass]," said Rae Abileah, spokeswoman for CODEPINK.
But let's be honest: It probably it was.
The protesters used this as an opportunity to push their message to Feinstein; they had been trying to reach her for weeks, demanding she speak out on the Manning case.
Manning has been in solitary confinement for more than 10 months, with no trial date set. He has suffered under harsh conditions, has recenlty been forced to strip and sleep naked, Abileah said.
Feinstein hadn't met with the group until yesterday, when a spokesman from her office told CODEPINK that the senator would not be making any statements on the case. The group decided to escalate the cause, and showed up at the senator's downtown office this morning and disrobed.
"Our pure naked bodies are not obscene," Abileah said after the protest was over. "What's obscene is this war."
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