Dozens of women protested topless in downtown Asheville on Sunday. Police estimated the crowd that gathered to watch reached up to 2,000. Some people said they agreed with the protesters. Others said the protest was embarrassing and crude.
Asheville was one of about a dozen U.S. cities with demonstrations taking a stand for the right to go topless. North Carolina law allows women to be topless, but organizers said they want women to be free from social pressures regarding bared breasts.
Police Capt. Tim Splain said the event went off with no arrests or police intervention, although traffic was a problem.