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Fewer Topless Females At Women’s Equality Rally

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A smaller number of people showed up for a topless female rally in NC this year. (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

A smaller number of people showed up for a topless female rally in NC this year. (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Fewer people than expected turned out for a topless rally in Asheville intended to promote women’s equality.

Several hundred people attended the event sponsored by GoTopless.org on Sunday afternoon. About a dozen women went topless.

About two thousand people attended last year’s event, including several dozen women who bared their breasts.

Organizer Jeff Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., criticized Asheville City Council members for issuing a statement Thursday asking people to stay.

Johnson said his group contends that laws and social stigmas against women being topless in public are unfair.

Johnson says the campaign is similar to civil rights struggles for minorities and gays.

A small group of people carrying crosses attended as a counter-demonstration. Michael Lombardi of Asheville says they wanted to combat what they called wickedness.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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