Refugees eclipse nudists

22 June 2016 - 09:44 By ©The Daily Telegraph

A planned refugee shelter in Germany has provoked a storm of protest - over fears it could interfere with the pursuit of nudism.The influx of more than 1m migrants has already divided Germany. But the latest row casts it as a threat to the heart of German culture: the right to walk around nude in public.Nudists at a club near the town of Meissen were incensed when they received new rules from the local authority suggesting they would not be allowed to swim naked in the local lake, where they have been skinny-dipping for over a century.The reason is a new refugee shelter being built on the other side of the lake to house 112 asylum-seekers. When the nudists first heard of the shelter, they requested a privacy screen from the local council.Instead they received a set of notices in multiple languages, including Arabic, Farsi and Albanian, explaining German swimming etiquette for the benefit of asylum-seekers. But to the horror of the nudists, rule number 9 clearly states: "The use of the swimming facilities is only permitted with a swimming costume."

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