Out Of #Portland Tear Gas, An Apparition Emerges, Capturing The Imagination Of Protesters; #NakedAthena

El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles Times) — Learn the story behind this iconic photo taken at a protest in Portland.

An iconic image has emerged on Twitter since early Saturday morning in Portland, when a woman wearing nothing but a mask and cap strode toward federal agents as they fired tear gas at protesters — a surreal image of human vulnerability in the face of an overpowering force.

A woman wearing nothing but a black face mask and a stocking cap strode toward a dozen heavily armed agents attired in camouflage fatigues, lined up across a downtown Portland street. The agents, dispatched by the Trump administration over vociferous objections of state and city officials, are part of a force that has fired projectiles at and detained activists protesting nightly since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police May 25.

Numerous photos and videos posted on Twitter show the unidentified woman as she halted in the middle of the street at about 1:45 a.m. She stood calmly, a surreal image of human vulnerability in the face of an overpowering force that has been criticized nationally by civil rights advocates.

Courts have held that appearing nude in Portland is a protected form of political expression, superseding bans on public indecency.

Source: @DonovanFarley, full story

 

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