A rally in Rio de Janeiro against baring all on the beach saw women take their tops off - but there were more photographers than protesters. A protest against Brazil's ban on topless sunbathing fell flat yesterday, with only a handful of women turning up. Thousands of women were expected to gather on Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema beach, taking off their bikinis in defiance of Brazilian law, which describes female toplessness as an "obscene act". Hundreds of photographers filled Ipanema beach, eager to catch a glimpse of the first women to strip in defiance of the law - but only a few women joined in. She told local media "A breast isn't dangerous! It's false-Puritanism and indicative of our macho culture that we have a law forbidding that women can go topless. The anti-nudity law, which dates back to the s, is punishable by up to a year in prison, or fines.
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By Sarah Gordon for MailOnline. Brazilians are known for their barely-there beachwear - but when it comes to nudity on the sands, they are much more conservative. But after a campaign by activists, Rio de Janeiro has officially opened its first ever nudist beach - one hour away from the centre of the city. Abrico beach has been designated the city's first nudist enclave, despite many Brazilians frowning upon topless sunbathing and nudity in public areas. Open for business: Abrico , an hour outside of Rio, has been officially designated the city's first nudist beach. Activist Paula Nogueira has praised the move. She said: 'This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its th anniversary and the Olympic Games. In , Ms Nogueira and fellow nudist Ana Rios organised a topless protest on Facebook to be staged at the city's central Ipanema Beach, but just six women turned up to join in. The move was welcomed by activists, but nudism is often frowned upon by the general population.
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It is the east end of Grumari Beach. Regulated by an assossiation, though it has no need for that since the municipality just officialized it. As many other nude beaches, or should say almost all the nude beaches, the setting is great and the goers are mainly people that you might think they shouldn't be in that place.
The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro got its first official nudist beach this week , in what one activist calls a "courageous decision" by lawmakers. The spot is Abrico Beach , about an hour's drive from the city's center. At least one "naturist" group has been gathering here on weekends for years -- and now everyone is officially welcome, whether in swimsuits or merely a birthday suit. And this is happening in Brazil Brazilian sunbathers call Abrico the perfect nudist spot for its "private and peaceful" setup with "lots of foliage.