By Ibrahim Umar
Madrid, the capital of Spain, has granted permission for public swimming pools to hold a ‘no swimsuit day’. This came after authorities succumbed to pressure by the Association for the Development of Nudism nudist associations’ campaign.
The seal of approval for people to swim in their birthday suits came from Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena.
However, the move has outraged right-wing politicians.
Ismael Rodrigo, Nudist president, said: ‘What we want to do with this day is to educate and transmit our values, which are Western values.
‘There is nothing criminal about the body and the best way we can show that is to try not to wear clothes when it’s not necessary, and in the pool, it isn’t.’
The mayor has insisted that signs must be erected at the entrances to swimming pools informing people that it was no swimsuit day in case parents preferred not to take their children.
Children would be allowed, but only if accompanied by an adult, the mayor said.
Madrid’s City Hall said it had not yet designated ‘no swimsuit day’ but it would probably be in late August.