Men in bloodstained pants protest circumcisions

Men in bloodstained pants protest circumcisions
A group of men protesting circumcisions made a stop in Albany Sunday. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It’s pretty hard to miss this group of guys with painted blood-like stains on their clothes.

When we asked them about it, they said this is how they feel everyday, not being able to make the decision about circumcision for themselves.

It’s a circumstantial situation.

“I don’t really know the whole process of everything,” said Joseph Markarewhich, who said he doesn’t talk about regularly, but knows it happens everyday.

We’re talking circumcisions.

“It’s a natural process. I don’t really see what the problem is,” he said.

It’s what has the group “The Bloodstained Men” protesting all over the country.

“It’s an unnecessary, traumatic, painful, and permanently injurious procedure which should not be done to boys,” said Harry Guiremand, the press spokesperson for Bloodstained Men.

They don’t only spread their message verbally, they also wear it.

“This stain literally represents the wound under the clothing beneath it. So it its not only a symbolic statement, but this is the blood underneath my clothes for life,” said Brother K., the founder of the group.

They said religion, tradition, and health are reasons some do it.

“When a family is blessed with a healthy baby girl in America, we don’t think that we have a decision to make about whether or not to circumcise her or cut her genitals,” said Luke Artanis, a member of the group.

A woman who didn’t want to be on camera says people should look more into it.

“Many other cultures don’t practice that and I’ve read a lot about it. Cleanliness honestly isn’t a huge deal as much as it has been made out to be,” she said.

But as they pack up the truck to the next city, they want people try to understand both sides.

“American parents are decent and fair minded. They will reject circumcision and say no to doctors when they get adamant information.”

The group is on a nine-day protest tour.

Their next stop will be in Columbus, and will end in Macon.

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