WTO protesters bare resentments

WTO protesters bare resentments

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CANCUN, Mexico — Anti-globalization protesters stripped their clothes off and spelled out the words "No WTO" with their naked bodies Monday, the first of several actions against the World Trade Organization meeting in this Caribbean resort.

Radical activists, farmers and labor rights promoters have planned a week of protests to show the harmful effects of free trade and growing corporate domination. Demonstrators say Cancun, whose miles of white-sand beaches are mostly hidden behind high-rise hotels, is a good example of increasing private control.

A municipal policeman scanned the protest through binoculars, but didn't try to stop it. Indecent exposure is against the law in Mexico.

The protest took place at Playa Langosta, a public beach that breaks up the seemingly endless wall of hotels lining the Cancun peninsula.

The 29 activists lay head-to-toe in the fine sand to spell out "No WTO," first in Spanish and then in English. News photographers swarmed and jockeyed to get the best shot.

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