Canada: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Trouble in Kootenay

Along the narrow back roads of western British Columbia's Kootenay country marched sullen bands. Sometimes they halted, clustered together, chanted Russian hymns. They were Doukhobors of the Sons of Freedom sect. Wherever they went, residents braced themselves for trouble. The Sons of Freedom were on a house-burning rampage.

Bare Protest. The fanatical Sons of Freedom broke away in the early 1900s from Canada's Doukhobor colony, claiming that they alone were faithful to the old Doukhobor teachings.* They became best known for their peculiar means of public protest: stripping to the buff in fair weather and foul. Religious pacifists, they refused...

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