Topless parade protest
WOMEN opposing a topless motorbike parade say they’ll form a human chain across Queen St in protest.
City councillor Cathy Casey says she’s gathered a “small group” of women prepared to lie down in the path of the Boobs on Bikes parade.
“What stand will the police take if there’s 10 women lying across the road,” Dr Casey asks. “Who’s liberty will they uphold then?”
Dr Casey says she hopes police will put a halt to the event before next Wednesday, but is prepared to take action if they don’t.
“I find it abhorrent,” she says. “It’s not about women with naked breasts on Queen St, it’s about the purpose of it, which is to advertise his R-18 expo.”
The controversial parade is organised by pornographer Steve Crow to promote the Erotica Expo.
An extraordinary meeting of the Auckland City Coun- cil tomorrow to decide on Mr Crow’s permit application has been cancelled.
Instead an urgent decision was to be made by mayor John Banks and deputy mayor David Hay.
A decision against the permit was expected yesterday.
Mr Banks says calling a meeting over “this kind of exhibitionism” would have been a waste of ratepayer cash.
Mr Banks has received almost 1000 emails opposing the parade and one in support.
He says the council will look to police to enforce their decision.
Mr Crow was not aware the meeting was cancelled when contacted by the Central Leader, and had planned to attend.
He says he’s not concerned about Dr Casey’s planned protest.
“Good luck to them,” he says.
“I don’t have a problem with that. It’s democracy at work. We’ll just sit there for as long as it takes for some- one to remove them.”
Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty says police will evaluate their position on the parade once a decision has been made by the council.
She cannot respond to the protest plans because police don’t comment on hypothetical situations.
“We’ll deal with situations as they arise and try to enable people to lawfully protest without impacting on the right of others to go about their business,” Ms Hegarty says.