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Asheville Topless Rally Attracts Smaller Crowd

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Published on Aug 27, 2012

The second annual "Go Topless" rally in downtown Asheville didn't draw nearly the number of people expected. Asheville police estimated the crowd at roughly 300 people. Even fewer were women baring their breasts. Planners anticipated as many as 4,000 people would show up. Donna Newman, one of the event organizers, blamed the mayor and city council for the poor turnout.  Newman said many people felt pressured not to come because of a letter city leaders issued urging visitors to attend the nearby Goombay Festival instead.  She said Sunday's event was about equal rights for women, not morality.  Some in the crowd expressed support for the cause, but said it didn't make sense because going topless is legal in North Carolina.  Despite the lackluster showing, Newman said she's already looking ahead to 2013.\nBy: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com

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