Student goes topless for XR protests and jokes she ‘made police happy’

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An Extinction Rebellion protester went topless in the hope showing her breasts would help "draw attention" to the climate crisis, she has revealed.

Open University politics student Laura Amherst, 31, was photographed with two "XR" stickers over her nipples on Wednesday as the campaign group descended on London's Oxford Circus for the third day of their two-week "Impossible Rebellion".

Instead of clothes, Laura dressed with a message scrawled across her chest, which read: "WAKE UP," Mirror reports.

On her bottom, someone had written: "ACT NOW".

Laura, a vegan from Brighton, said: "I did it to draw attention to the climate crisis facing the planet."

She added to the MailOnline: "Dancing topless brought a nice energy to the protest and was also a very body-positive thing to do.

"A lot of people congratulated me for doing this, especially women.

"I'm not getting paid for this or doing it to draw attention to myself but just to save the planet."

Posting an image of her standing with a police officer from the protest today, she said: "Think I made the policeman happy today.

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"Brilliant day today marching and disrupting in the bank area of London! I’m coming home now but it was so nice to see so many of you supporting this extremely important cause.

Laura, who follows a plant-based diet and drives a hybrid car, said the men in her life – her Extinction Rebellion-member boyfriend and her dad – were both supportive of her decision to bare all.

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But, she added: "It's got nothing to do with them."

"This is my body and I'm my own woman," she said.

The 31-year-old campaigner said the men know "how passionate I am about saving the planet".

"I wasn't nervous about it at all and I felt that it made a lot of people happy," Lucy said.

Laura was one of the hundreds of eco-warriors who have gathered at London's popular shopping street this week.

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The activist travelled up to the central London tourist spot to join hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters in their two-week "Impossible Rebellion".

Other women also went topless, reports say, and several of them were carted off into waiting for police vans by officers who are trying to keep the sprawling protest under control.

Protesters have gathered to demand an immediate halt to all new fossil fuel investment by the British government and financial corporations amid the climate crisis and ecological emergency.

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The Metropolitan Police said as of 6pm on Wednesday, a further six had been arrested for a "variety of offences".

It brings the total number of arrests made over the four days of protests to 196.

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  • Extinction Rebellion
  • Climate Change
  • London

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