After cops seize naked sunbathers, park floods with topless protesters


Six cops surround a woman who sunbathed in a park after she said these words “I kept my t*ts up and my eyes piercing. I was scared but I felt strong”.

Eloyse Piquet Poisson posted on Facebook about how she pulled her top off in a Quebec park one sunny day in May while she was working on macrame and smoking cigarettes.

“It was a gorgeous hot sunny day,”She wrote. “There were a lot of topless dudes at the park…

“I wanted to get some sun and with luck to be able to catch a cool breeze that would cool off my under-boob”.

After Eloyse's experience, a topless protest was launched in the park
Eloyse’s experiences led to a topless protest in the park

She claims that a police officer observed her for about ten minutes, before coming over to ask her questions. “cover herself”.

The cop did not seem impressed when she pointed out the fact that there were many men in the park who didn’t have shirts.

She says it again ten minutes later “five more police officers arrived as ‘reinforcement'”.

“The five of them moved on me,”Eloyse stated. “My heart was beating fast, but I kept my tits up and my eyes piercing. “I was scared, but I felt strong.”

Alice Lacroix, organiser of the protest, says that what happened with Eloyse was 'very problematic'
Alice Lacroix, the organizer of the protest, said that Eloyse’s experience was’very problematic.

“There is no law against a woman being topless in a park in the Canadian Criminal Code and Quebec City’s bylaw is essentially the same.”

People in the park started standing up for her, said Eloyse, including one shirtless man who asked the cop: “Is it possible to have you arrested me?”

In the end, the officers were unable to find anything to charge Eloyse with.

Even worse, from the cops’ point of view, is that sparked by Eloyse’s experience a large group of activists launched a Free The Nipple protest in the park – taking the topless woman count in the park from one to several dozen.

There is no law against a woman being topless in a park in the Canadian Criminal Code and Quebec City's bylaw is essentially the same
A Canadian Criminal Code doesn’t prohibit women from being topless at parks. Quebec City’s bylaw does the same.

Alice Lacroix was the organizer of the protest. “What happened with Eloyse was very problematic on the side of the police,”She said.

“There cannot be five policemen around one women who is doing something that’s completely legal, but what we also need to remember is somebody called the police. They didn’t just see her. They called and complained.”

She continued: “I know that what we’re doing today is bothering a lot of people. and I say, good… Because at the end of the day, what we’re claiming is our rights to use our bodies the way that we want to.”

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