CANADA: Pepper & Squirt in Thrums

When pious Doukhobors (religious sect) parade naked in protest, British Columbia police pepper their bare flesh with itch powder, spank their bare backs with short lengths of hose. In Thrums last week 200 angry, itching Doukhobors retaliated by squirting water at the peppering police. After furious scuffling 84 male and 33 female Doukhobors were arrested, charged with nudism, face possible jail sentences of three years.

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