Naked rider, topless row as temperatures soar in Germany

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Berlin – German police cautioned a man riding naked on a moped while tempers flared over topless sunbathers in Munich, as temperatures soared in a sizzling heatwave across the country.

Police in Brandenburg posted on Twitter two pictures of a moped-riding man clad in only his helmet and sandals, as they called on netizens to suggest captions for the images.

“Because we’re speechless,” said police, adding the hashtags #heat, #safetyfirst and #livingontheedge.

As contributions and queries poured in over whether the man flouted any rules, police clarified that it was not illegal to go around nude in public, but only so long as no one files a complaint.

In the south of the country, some female sunbathers who went topless at Munich’s Isar river touched off a row as five fully-clad security men walked over to tell them to put their bikini tops back on, Sueddeutsche daily reported.

Several other sunbathers nearby stood up for the women, with one telling the newspaper: “We took off our bikinis out of solidarity.”

With debate over the incident that took place over the weekend heating up, the Greens party brought the issue to Munich’s city council.

“For me, it’s incomprehensible if men can lie in the sun topless but not women,” said Dominik Krause, among the initiators of the council debate.

The CSU, conservative Bavarian allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel, took another view, and instead tabled an urgent motion Wednesday requiring bathers to put on “swimwear that completely keeps their main sex organs covered” unless in an area specifically designated for nudists.

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