A female protester being dubbed #NakedAthena faced off with federal officers in Portland fully nude other than a mask and a beanie.
The woman has been hailed as somewhat of a hero by some on the anti-Trump left.
One Twitter user wrote “And then? Naked Athena appeared and the little boys didn’t know what to do.”
Another wrote “naked Athena of Portland Oregon making the cops back off protestors by stripping naked and sitting down in the street showing she has nothing to be of a threat to them so they couldn’t advance without cause ….a queeeen”
Per DailyMail, the unidentified woman struck a series of ballet and yoga poses in front of anti-riot officers at around 1.45 am on Saturday morning.
Surreal video footage from the scene shows the woman striding towards the officers, who were in heavy protective gear including gas masks and helmets, almost completely naked.
Oregon state law is pretty lenient on public nudity, and in Portland it is only illegal to be naked in public with the intent to arouse.
The standoff comes after the city of Portland marked its 50th consecutive night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, with crowds taking to the streets to denounce racial injustice.
In Portland, courts have recognized nudity as a form of political protest which overrides public decency laws.
It comes as the city of Portland has seen daily Black Lives Matter protests decrying police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The Los Angeles Times dedicated an entire, flowery long-form article oozing romanticized praise for the woman.
The piece, written by Richard Read is titled “Out of Portland tear gas, an apparition emerges, capturing the imagination of protesters.”
From the LA Times:
She emerged as an apparition from clouds of tear gas as federal agents fired pepper balls at angry protesters in the early Saturday darkness.
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.
The agents, in gas masks and helmets, continued firing pepper balls in a staccato “pop, pop, pop” heard on video, aiming low at the asphalt, where puffs of smoke mingled with clouds of gas. At one point, a fellow protester, clothed, carrying a homemade shield, darted in front of the woman, angling to protect her.
But the woman sidestepped him. He jumped out of the way, perhaps realizing that he made them both a target.
Before it was over, she struck ballet poses and reclined on the street. She also sat on the asphalt in a yoga-like position, facing officers, before they left.
Or is “Naked Athena” just someone desperate for attention? Surely it’s a question for debate.