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Protesters bare it all in war protest
Writing a message to Washington in the sand of South Florida, local residents and visitors Friday laid bare their feelings about a potential U.S. invasion of Iraq.
They laid, bare, in the shape of a peace symbol on the ocean shore at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.
Many of the 23 participants were no strangers to shedding clothes in public -- much of the group came from a weekend festival at Sunsport Gardens Nudist Resort in Loxahatchee. But organizer T.A. Wyner saw special relevance in stripping for peace.
"Being nude, we are clearly unarmed. And the vulnerability of being nude is also a message of peace," said Wyner, a former Sunsport resident now living in Fort Pierce.
Similar messages have gone out in recent months from Illinois, Utah, California, New York and other places -- including a hillside near Gainesville in late December. Last week in Australia, 750 nude women formed a heart and the words "No War."
Rae New Woman of Miami, one of the participants who picked her way through washed-up man-o'-war jellyfish to form the peace sign Friday at MacArthur park, said she came to do her part "to prevent this war that I feel will accomplish nothing."
"This is a great place to start," she said. "For me to leave my home and go to Washington is difficult, but I can come to the beach."