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  • 20 August 2012, 13:32

Bog standard beach protest

Protest /Rex

Protesters dressed in bowler hats and black suits to stage a sit-in on toilets on an Australian beach.

Titled The Coalition of the Constipated, the bizarre protest was over the lack of public toilets at Adelaide's Henley Beach

Twelve protesters carried their own toilets down to the beach, placing them in a line, before dropping their trousers and sitting.

Surreal artist Andrew Baines came up with the idea, and will now paint the scene for an exhibition in January 2013.

"I think this is the job of an artist to take these issues to the wider community and let people talk about it," he said.

Beachgoers often have to ask local cafe owners to use their toilets, disturbing customers and inconveniencing the owners.

Kym Hewitt, a local business owner, said he sympathised with beachgoers faced with little choice.

"The public toilets are not up to scratch at all and quite often we have a lot of people coming through to the cafe, sort of not really dressed for the cafe," he said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the local council is currently consulting the community about the best place to build public toilets.