Topless XR protester frees the nipple and says boyfriend supports her

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Extinction Rebellion supporters have donned a number of eye-catching costumes to draw attention to their protests, but Laura Amherst ended up with most eyes on her at yesterday's demonstration with no costume at all.

The 31-year-old climate activist took part in the group’s two-week "Impossible Rebellion" wearing little more than knickers and stickers.

"Dancing topless brought a nice energy to the protest, and was also a very body-positive thing to do," she says.

But at a new protest outside Downing Street yesterday, Laura went one further, ditching the Extinction Rebellion stickers to "free the nipple" as she held up a homemade sign reading "Citizens Assembly on Climate Change".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left London on Saturday for a break in the West Country that a Number 10 spokesperson insists is "not a holiday", but the Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered outside his official residence anyway.

And among them was Brighton-based Extinction Rebellion supporter Laura in her most eye-popping costume yet in a bid to "draw attention to the climate crisis facing the planet".

Ms Amherst added: "My boyfriend has been very supportive about my decision to go topless as has my father. But it's got nothing to do with them because this is my body and I'm my own woman."

"They both know how passionate I am about saving the planet," she adds.

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

She continued: "If me taking my clothes off can help save the planet then why not. I made the decision on Monday at the start of the protest campaign. It was my own choice, it had nothing to do with anybody else."

Laura says that a lot of people congratulated her for her bravely eye-catching protest, "especially women", she adds.

She added: "We are doing all that we can to save the planet. Taking my clothes off gets people talking and also brought a smile to their faces."

Laura says both her boyfriend and her dad have been "very supportive" about her decision to go topless in public but, she stresses, "it's got nothing to do with them because this is my body and I'm my own woman".

The protests are set to continue. Extinction Rebellion says they will only get off the streets when the Government stops "pouring petrol on the fire" of climate change.

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  • Extinction Rebellion
  • Climate Change
  • Boris Johnson

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