Warning: Graphic images. Anti-circumcision protest shocks people in Mobile

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UPDATE: 11/8/2018 6:00PM — It’s a story you’ll see only on News 5. Police tell protesters to find a new spot, saying they violated a city ordinance by spreading their message at the corner of a busy Mobile intersection. 

But it wasn’t their location that made people angry.

By about noon Thursday, the parking lot of the old Rite Aid at the corner of Hillcrest and Airport was empty. 

“I think it’s absolutely insane and it should not be out on the side of the street,” one woman tells News 5. 

Another, at a loss for words. “I have no comment, I can’t do it…”

“We visit 60 cities a year across the United States and stage these peaceful, family friendly protests. We invite moms and kids to join us and they often do,” said Harry Guiremand, with The Blood Stained Men and Their Friends.

Members of the group stood on the corner with signs in their hands, protesting what they call a human rights violation. “It’s unnecessary surgery, it’s painful, it’s harmful and it violates the boy’s right to his own body,” said Guiremand.

The front of their outfits were too graphic for us to show on television. Graphic enough to turn people away before even hearing what group members had to say.

“I think they could really do it better. Standing at the side of the road with blood on your pants is just… you know,” another woman told News 5. 

A mother told us the whole protest just made her angry. “Would they want their kids to see this? I wouldn’t want my kids to see that. I mean, no no, not family friendly.”

The group hoped to spread its message about male circumcision one mind at a time. Something tough to accomplish since police told them to leave shortly after they started the protest Thursday morning.

Police say the group is breaking municipal ordinances 39 and 49. So after some discussion, they picked up their signs and were on their way.

 “We have a first amendment right to protest on public property in the United States and this is still the United States,” said Guiremand.

 

MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – Calling male circumcision mutilation, a group held a bloody protest in Mobile Thursday morning before, according to witnesses, police asked them to move along.

A group called “The Bloodstained Men” held up shocking signs and wore white pants with mock bloodstains on the area surrounding their genitals. The group says it’s touring the Gulf Coast, protesting in 22 cities. 

According to a press release from the group, “the international conversation about the many risks and harms of the forced genital cutting of children has gone viral with game-changing articles and progressive litigation. Germany, Iceland, Denmark, and several other European countries are poised to prohibit the cultural, nontherapeutic genital cutting of minors regardless of parents’ religious beliefs.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics however, ” the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision. The AAP policy statement published Monday, August 27, says the final decision should still be left to parents to make in the context of their religious, ethical and cultural beliefs.”

The group also protested the Academy’s annual convention this weekend in Orlando.

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