The French government announced Monday it would show “no tolerance” for the kind of violent acts carried out by far-right protesters against members of the Ukranian feminist movement Femen.
Their audacious topless stunts have earned them high-value exposure in the West – but with an approaching election at home in Ukraine, can the women’s rights group Femen make a real difference?
While the verdict has riled many who feel their punishment does not fit the “crime,” no one is perhaps more upset than members of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN. To show the world just how pissed off they are, a topless FEMEN activist was sent to “chop down” a giant wooden cross situated near Independence Square in Kiev.
Femen says Euro 2012, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland next month with the final in Kiev on July 1, will be a magnet for sex tourists – one of the group’s main targets – and will feed a booming sex industry.
Police detained and later released three topless protesters after they stripped to the waist outside a World Economic Forum event in Davos, Switzerland.
Ukraine’s topless FEMEN protesters have arrived home safely after allegedly being kidnapped by the Belarusian KGB, taken to the woods, stripped and left alone with no clothes or money. The KGB denies the accusations.
A protest organized by the FEMEN movement was held near Olympiysky National Sports Complex in Kyiv on Tuesday morning.
Several topless young women with placards, “Euro 2012 without prostitution” held the protest outside the entrance to the stadium.
Chanting “Model, don’t go to brothel,” an activist from Femen, the women’s rights organization, leaped in front of the celebrity, while Paris Hilton was giving a press conference.
They wanted to show their support to the Japanese people, they believed the Japanese were an heroic people, and they wanted to express their concern about the extreme situation in Japan.