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Diverting attention? Smiling NAKED cyclists in Bristol are met with roars as they pass by protests

A huge roar was heard in central Bristol today as a group of naked cyclists ricocheted right past some opposition protest groups, defusing a bizarrely polarizing civil rights exhibition.

Dozens of rough riders took part in the World Naked Bike Ride, an annual event designed to raise awareness of environmental issues, safer cycling and body positivity.

they went on their way from the Full Moon pub near Cabot Circus, about 12:30 p.m., but their planned route took them right past College Green, which happened to be the scene of a furious standoff between two opposing groups of protesters.

About 60 people from women’s rights group Standing for Women staged a protest when about 100 members of trans rights group Bristol Against Hate staged a counter-demonstration. BristolLive

While there were no violent incidents on College Green, the initially peaceful atmosphere became increasingly tense as the Bristol Against Hate contingent harbored ‘transphobic’ views.

But the tension sensationally dissipated as hordes of motorcyclists wearing nothing but their birthday suits rushed past, a roar of approval and delight from the partisan crowds.

A huge roar was heard in Bristol city center today as naked cyclists hurtled past some opposition protest groups

A huge roar was heard in Bristol city center today as naked cyclists hurtled past some opposition protest groups

The World Naked Bike Ride departed from the Full Moon pub, near Cabot Circus, at 12:30pm to protest for a better environment, safer cycling and physical freedom

The World Naked Bike Ride departed from the Full Moon pub, near Cabot Circus, at 12:30pm to protest for a better environment, safer cycling and physical freedom

The Bristol World Naked Bike Ride takes place through the city center

The Bristol World Naked Bike Ride takes place through the city center

The event describes itself as a celebration of bicycles and bodies, highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists on our busy roads, a peaceful, vigorous demonstration against car culture and oil dependence

The event describes itself as a celebration of bicycles and bodies, highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists on our busy roads, a peaceful, vigorous demonstration against car culture and oil dependence

Using a megaphone, a man dressed in black with his face covered up is seen shouting at feminists in Bristol today.  Pictured: The Bristol clash with protesters with their faces covered and trans and LGBT flags held

Using a megaphone, a man dressed in black with his face covered up is seen shouting at feminists in Bristol today. Pictured: The Bristol clash with protesters with their faces covered and trans and LGBT flags held

The World Naked Bike Ride has been held every year since 2004 with the exception of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual event was initially intended to campaign for environmental sustainability and improved safety conditions for cyclists in busy cities.

But since then, it has been transformed to promote a variety of goals, including body positivity, inclusivity, and personal freedom.

Naked cyclists take to the streets in more than 200 cities around the world to celebrate the event, including London, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Vienna, Sao Paolo, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Paris, Thessaloniki, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Prior to the naked cyclists’ arrival in Bristol, the women’s rights and trans rights groups were locked in a screaming contest to promote their respective causes.

A protester who supported the Standing for Women protest said: ‘Women are a group defined as a ‘sex’ under the Equalities Act 2010 and our rights are being humiliated despite being currently protected by the Equalities Act.

“We speak out for those women who are locked up with men in women’s prisons, women who are forced to compete against men in women’s sports, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of women’s sports, women who no longer have a right to become assisted by a female counselor in a rape crisis center… and also women who are not entitled to a women-only space in domestic violence shelters.

‘We consider that a serious attack on women’s rights.’

But members of Standing For Women said balaclava-clad trans rights activists arrived on the scene shouting “trans rights are human rights” and chanting slogans to protest TERFs — an acronym that stands for trans-exclusive radical feminist, that is, feminists who are gendered. critical.

Another man was seen on the floor writing that 'after Colston TERFs are up'.  Statue of slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into river in Bristol in 2020 amid anti-racism protesters

Another man was seen on the floor writing that ‘after Colston TERFs are up’. Statue of slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into river in Bristol in 2020 amid anti-racism protesters

One person was holding a sign that read TERF's - the name given to gender-critical women - must 'suck my dick'

One person was holding a sign that read TERF’s – the name given to gender-critical women – must ‘suck my dick’

Standing for Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull made headlines in 2018 with a controversial billboard that defined

Standing for Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull made headlines in 2018 with a controversial billboard that defined “woman” as “mature human woman”

The billboard was erected in Liverpool to coincide with the Labor Party conference but was removed when Dr Adrian Harrop, who is not transgender, complained to billboard company Primesight

The billboard was erected in Liverpool to coincide with the Labor Party conference but was removed when Dr Adrian Harrop, who is not transgender, complained to billboard company Primesight

Standing for Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull made headlines in 2018 when she erected a billboard in Liverpool that defined a ‘woman’ as a ‘mature human woman’.

The banner was removed when Dr Adrian Harrop, who is not transgender, complained to billboard company Primesight that it would serve to make transgender women feel unsafe.

Kellie-Jay later received as much acclaim as critics when she appeared on This Morning to defend the billboard and her views in a debate with transgender activist India Willoughby, who switched three years ago.

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