After all of the crazy things that have been happening in Portland, a little light in the dark emerged after a story surfaced of a woman who confronted police and national security officers by showing up in literally nothing—except for a hat and a mask.
Protesters in Portland found themselves confronted by unidentified federal security forces, who have been reportedly abducting protesters into unmarked vans, intimidating them and refusing them their rights for over 24 hours at a time.
However, the national security officers were confronted with a situation they certainly did not know how to handle when a "Naked Athena," as she's been dubbed, showed up and confused the heck out of them.
“She emerged as an apparition from clouds of tear gas as federal agents fired pepper balls at angry protesters in t… https://t.co/3aeQfCxoE2— Daniel Miller (@Daniel Miller) 1595214462.0
Amazing. https://t.co/HmP9r85SWV— Donovan Farley (@Donovan Farley) 1595062448.0
The woman, who remains unidentified, single-handedly turned back an abundance of police and has received internet-wide praise for it.
An iconic image has emerged in Portland of a woman wearing nothing but a mask and cap strode toward federal agents… https://t.co/q7qssuOP9C— Linda Hill (@Linda Hill) 1595212864.0
Before it was over, she struck ballet poses and reclined on the street. She also sat on the asphalt in a yoga-like… https://t.co/dK0abFo0ly— Alice Short (@Alice Short) 1595254945.0
@DonovanFarley That was an extremely powerful statement she made. I wonder what the cops were thinking when she app… https://t.co/FjRJxzPfIP— PatsGirl41 (@PatsGirl41) 1595129735.0
@DonovanFarley I have been saying for a long time, if naked women took to the streets in war zones, I suspect war w… https://t.co/Zse3itGEIe— Ideagoddess (@Ideagoddess) 1595116355.0
The police reportedly also shot pepper balls at the woman, who was protected by another protester.
The method of protest, while unconventional, is still protected in Portland as a method of legitimate protest.
@DonovanFarley She’s proving something fundamental: pay attention. The troops (such as they are) are only there for… https://t.co/9x7geiqW6Z— Common Chiffchaff #ModernaHouse (@Common Chiffchaff #ModernaHouse) 1595164737.0
@DonovanFarley The advantage of protesting in Portland, you can legally do it nude. ✊😂✊🖤— Captian ACAB (@Captian ACAB) 1595062663.0
@DonovanFarley Wow !! Impressive. Humans are so weird. It’s all so beautiful if people weren’t getting so hurt.— Kyle Hailey (@Kyle Hailey) 1595193132.0
@DonovanFarley Absolutely iconic. This moment is one for the history books. And this image will one day be circula… https://t.co/tKF9Z3OHDz— Brandon🌹 (@Brandon🌹) 1595089079.0
What is happening in Portland is extremely unsettling for many.
But some people, like Naked Athena, are coming up with new ways to protest in response.
Kudos to their indomitable spirit.