Canada at War: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Strip for Freedom

It was nippy in downtown Nelson that afternoon; nevertheless twelve elderly men & women stripped to the buff, knelt and howled. Passers-by knew that the sensitive Doukhobors had been offended again, were resorting to their favorite passive protest.* Among the onlookers stalked a bearded man, wearing 21 oranges in a double-deck crown held together by a net and three dingy white streamers which trailed along behind. The Czar of Heaven (Louis Popoff to the police) did not disrobe then, but he did insist on accompanying the six men and six women to jail. The oranges fell off in the...

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