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02/19/2011 12:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Belgium Protesters Strip Down To Mark 250 Days Without Government (VIDEO)

Much as protesters in Egypt and subsequently Libya, Bahrain and Yemen mobilized themselves via Facebook and Twitter, Belgium government campaigners are taking to social network sites as a mode of organizing political activism in their country. Only in this case, these demonstrators are going to particularly eccentric lengths to get a government rather than to topple a regime.

About 50 people, mainly students, stripped down to their underwear in the city of Ghent to mark what is a world record: a whopping 249 days of deadlock since the nation's parliamentary election on June 13, 2010.

"We hope to shake them up," one demonstrator remarked. "They have to give us something -- a government, something that can solve our problems."

As it turns out, there are reportedly more scintillating pranks in the works. One prominent actor has urged men to join a national shaving boycott, while a Ghent-based lawmaker senator suggested women go on a "sex strike" until a new cabinet is formed. Others are going a more savory route by staging a "fries revolution" to express their frustrations.

Watch video of Belgium's "naked protest" here:

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