Demonstrations in Montreal and Quebec: the “liberate the breasts” movement is gaining momentum

Three weeks after the controversial police arrest of a young Quebec woman, two protests took place simultaneously on Sunday, demanding that women not be forced to cover their chests in public.

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The “free the breasts” movement continues to gain momentum since Éloÿse Paquet Poisson was asked by five police officers to put on a sweater to hide her breasts while she was at Parc Jean-Paul-L’Allier , on May 29. The young woman then denounced this situation on Facebook.

“I receive paragraphs and paragraphs from women and men too, but less, to tell me that they are really grateful,” says Éloÿse Paquet Poisson.

She is still indignant at the police intervention against her.

“It is an abuse of power to be pointed at five male police officers around a woman. It’s completely bullying, abuse of power,” she said.

For the former SPVQ investigator, Roger Ferland, the fact that several police officers intervened is not abnormal.

“When it’s gestures of a sexual nature or of a more sexual nature, it’s normal to have people who are witnesses with you to be able to guarantee your actions or at least to support actions”, explains- he.

In Canada, it is legal to walk topless in parks, but you have to have a valid reason.

“To be prohibited, such nudity must be indecent or offend public order. A person can therefore be partially naked in public if their nudity is deemed decent,” says Éducaloi.

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However, the definition of “decent” varies from person to person, as evidenced by these testimonials from citizens collected by TVA Nouvelles:

“What would be indecent is if she was lying with her boyfriend, almost making love in the park, naked. That would be very indecent. If she gets a tan lying down, that’s all ok.”

“In public, you don’t have to undress and show yourself, but I wouldn’t be shocked or offended by that either”

“I don’t judge and I’m a mother too. Breastfeeding a child in public, I see no problem”

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