Naked Athena’ faces off with police during a Portland protest on Friday, July 17, 2020. DonovanFarley / Twitter
By Postmedia News & Toronto SUN News World
OREGON — It wasn’t a clothing optional protest, but one woman now known as “Naked Athena” took a seat in the nude on Friday night.
The woman was clad only in a face mask and a beanie when she got between protesters and officers in Portland, according to Oregon Live.
Video shows the woman pacing on the sidewalk, before taking a seat and doing some naked yoga and ballet poses.
“Everyone seemed surprised and kind of astounded,” said Dave Killen, a photographer for The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Killen’s photos and those of another photographer went viral.
He said police shot pepper balls at the woman’s feet, even when another protester tried to run in front of her to protect her. Police reportedly left about 10 minutes after “Naked Athena” arrived on the scene.
“She was incredibly vulnerable,” Killen said.
“It would have been incredibly painful to be shot with any of those munitions with no clothes on.”
Federal officers last week began cracking down on Portland protests against police brutality and systemic racism, using tear gas and taking some activists into custody without explanation. Despite a national outcry over the tactics, Department of Homeland Security officials on Monday said they would not back down and would not apologize. (With reports from Reuters)