Nude protester calms riot as US city plunges into turmoil

A mysterious, naked protester put on a display so profound it ended with officers turning away from a raucous crowd they had been firing pepper bullets and tear gas at just moments before.

The rally was one of several that have continued on a daily basis in some US cities since the death of George Floyd – a black man who died under the knee of a police officer.

According to local reports and footage shared online, the woman emerged naked from a crowd in Portland, Oregon, about 1.45am Saturday (local time) before performing a series of ballet poses towards the officers.

Photo shows a woman posing naked in front of police in Portland, Oregon.

She wore a black face mask and a stocking cap and stayed silent, despite at one point another protester approaching and trying to shield her from incoming pepper bullets.

In one instance she stood on a single leg and raised her arms. In another moment she sat on the bitumen, facing the officers with her legs apart.

A particularly strange moment in the middle of the madness.

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PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : A person holds a banner at the Portland Mom's March near the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 20: Federal police walk through tear gas while dispersing a crowd of about a thousand protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : Portland protesters confront the Federal marshals directly in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 21: A federal officer stares down a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. State and city elected officials have called for the federal officers to leave Portland as clashes between protesters and federal police continue to escalate. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : Many people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrate for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 20: A protester rides his bike past a tear gas grenade after federal police dispersed a crowd of about a thousand protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : Federal officers deploy huge quantities of CS tear gas in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 21: A protester escapes a federal officer during an arrest attempt in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. State and city elected officials have called for the federal officers to leave Portland as clashes between protesters and federal police continue to escalate. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : People gather for the Portland Mom's March near the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 21: A protester flies an American flag while walking through tear gas fired by federal officers during a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: Two examples of the protective vests with identifying markings worn by Border Patrol and Homeland Security agents during a press conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on the recent events involving the agents during continued protests in Portland at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 21:A federal officer tells the crowd to move while dispersing a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. State and city elected officials have called for the federal officers to leave Portland as clashes between protesters and federal police continue to escalate. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : A person holds a banner at the Portland Mom's March near the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Federal officers pull a protester into the Federal Courthouse, Friday, July 10, 2020, as protesters gather in downtown Portland, Ore., Friday, July 10, 2020. Soon after, Portland police tweeted that federal officers arrested a protester around 11 p.m. "related to vandalizing the Federal Courthouse." (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
A group of mothers stand arm-in-arm outside the federal building and Justice Center in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday, July 18, 2020, during another night of protests in Portland. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)
Federal officers pull a protester into the Federal Courthouse, Friday, July 10, 2020, as protesters gather in downtown Portland, Ore., Friday, July 10, 2020. Soon after, Portland police tweeted that federal officers arrested a protester around 11 p.m. "related to vandalizing the Federal Courthouse." (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Protesters react during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 17: Protestors attempt to barricade a door to the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal law enforcement agencies attempt to intervene as protests continue in Portland. (Photo by Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
A federal law enforcement officer, deployed under the Trump administration's new executive order to protect federal monuments and buildings spreads tear gas during a protest over racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, U.S. July 17, 2020. Picture taken July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Nathan Howard TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Police respond to protesters during a demonstration, Friday, July 17, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)
Police gather as protesters gather during a demonstration, Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
Protesters gathered downtown during a demonstration Thursday, July 16, 2020 n Portland, Ore. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, Federal officers pull a protester into the Federal Courthouse as protesters gather in downtown Portland, Ore. The mayor of Portland, Oregon said late Sunday, July 12, 2020, the U.S. Marshals Service are investigating the injury of a protester who was hospitalized in critical condition over the weekend after being hit in the head by an impact weapon fired by a federal law enforcement officer. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he spoke with with U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams and learned of the investigation. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, File)
Protesters gather during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 16, 2020. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 22: A protester is surrounded by tear gas near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Washington Post
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 21: Federal officers are surrounded by tear gas while clearing the street in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Washington Post
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 22: Protesters try to put out a fire in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Washington Post
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA - JULY 21 : Federal officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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She later rolled onto her back and stood up again, before being captured in a video gazing at the officers as they slowly retreated and left the scene.

The reason for them leaving was not clear, and it was not known if it was a direct result of the nude woman, who was given the name 'Naked Athena' by some online.

Photo shows 'Naked Athena' posing standing on one leg with her arms up.

People at the scene said the display lasted about 15 minutes before the woman disappeared back into the crowd unharmed, according to the LA Times.

In Portland, appearing nude or exposing one's genitals in public can constitute symbolic conduct and therefore is a form of expression protected by law.

Some praised the woman's incredible act in posts to Twitter, while other criticised the event – led by a white woman – for distracting from the Black Lives Matter message.

Nudity has long been utilised by protestors, with Lady Govida riding a horse naked through Coventry in England in the 11th century in protest of oppressive taxation.

The unusual scene took place on the weekend as violent protests continue to plague northwest cities of Portland and Seattle.

On Sunday, local time, a group of local mothers again took to the streets after they tried to confront federal authorities and were ultimately fired upon with tear gas.

The mayor of the US city of Portland is demanding President Donald Trump remove militarised federal agents who have detained people far from property they were sent to protect.

"Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city," Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference over the weekend.

Portland has had ongoing, sometimes violent, protests against racial injustice and police brutality with federal authorities blaming the state for not bringing it to an end.

Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far.

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