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Three naked women in photo are campaigning for the Democrats.

Bloggers on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 in a post on Facebook

False

No, these nude women are not 'Democrats campaigning'

A Facebook post claims these women were "Democrats campaigning," but the image was captured in 2005 in Mexico City. We rate this False.

Are Democrats "For the People" or for the nudists?

A Facebook post featuring an image of three naked women photographed from behind suggests the latter. The women are wearing sun hats and shoes, and two have megaphones slung over their shoulders. But they’re not blockwalking—they’re facing what appear to be police and riot officers, who are standing on the other side of some makeshift fencing.

"Democrats campaigning!" the Nov. 3 posts says. The next line is followed by an emoji vomiting: "Showing a brilliant statement to gain your vote."

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A reverse Google image search quickly shows that the photo is more than a decade old. Photographer Juan Barreto took it for Agence France-Presse on May 16, 2005. The naked women were part of a protest over land rights, and Barreto captured them at the entrance of the presidential residence in Mexico City.

In Vermont, a group of women did recently take their clothes off in hopes of boosting voter participation there and elsewhere in the country. Ten women "stripped, held ballots in strategic positions, and let a photographer snap their images in an attempt to convince people to vote on Tuesday," Minnesota Public Radio reported.

On Oct. 30, the group posted a mission statement to a Facebook page called Grab Them By The Ballot, named for the get-out-the-vote campaign. It touches on progressive causes and concerns, but doesn’t mention Democrats.

"With the #MeToo and #Wetoo movements and recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh there is much at stake in the upcoming elections," the mission statement says. "This group of courageous Vermont women came together in a vulnerable artistic expression to protect al women’s right to choose regarding their body, health, reproductive rights and sexual expression. We joined hands as an outcry against the collective sexual and emotional abuse and trauma endemic in our society. And to champion the rights of marginalized women including transgender people, women of color and physically ‘disabled’ women."

Publications including Fox News, the Daily Mail, and The Sun reported that the group was seeking votes for Democrats.

Our ruling

While there is a campaign featuring nude women supporting historically liberal causes, the Facebook claimed that the three women in the photograph were Democrats campaigning. They were activists protesting in Mexico City, and it wasn’t a get-out-the-vote campaign.

We rate this claim False.

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