Protests over lace underwear ban leads to arrests

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:04 PM ET

Women in Eastern Europe have been staging protests about an upcoming ban on lace panties.

The Moscow Times reported that some of the protesters were detained by police while wearing panties on their heads.

By July 2014, synthetic lace panties won't be allowed to be produced, sold or imported in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, the paper reported.

The material is being banned because it doesn't have an absorption rate of the minimum 6%. Synthetic lace absorbs between 3% and 3.6%, the Times reported.

The low absorption makes the material unhygienic.

Thirty women were arrested in Kazakhstan over the weekend, the International Business Times reported. The women wore panties on their heads and shouted "freedom for panties," while they were arrested.

A lingerie store owner told media "lacy underwear is literally snatched off the shelves."


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