An eco celebration took place on Friday, 7 June, in Thessaloniki, Greece, where hundreds of people shed their clothes, painted their bodies and took part in the 6th World Naked Bike Ride to demonstrate the rights of cyclists.
For the sixth consecutive year, citizens in Thessaloniki protested against car culture and requested the creation of a safe biking network throughout the city.
“We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way to defend our dignity. Our body is the most natural thing we have and it is definitely more beautiful than the exhausts of our cars. In today’s society, the naked body is a product of exploitation of an entire industry. Release it!” the organizers said.
The annual bike ride event celebrated bicycles as a means of transportation and aimed for the development of greater ecological perspective by the promotion of alternatives to fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources.
World Naked Bike Ride is an international movement, in which some 70 cities around the world participate. The first ride took place in Vancouver, Canada, in 2004.
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