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Friday, July 27, 2012

Topless Ukrainian feminist demonstrator throws herself at Russian Patriarch


An activist of the Ukrainian movement FEMEN threw herself topless on the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill on his descent of aircraft at the airport in Kiev, Ukraine. Wearing only jeans and with the words "Kill Kirill "written in black letters on her bare back, the militant ran forward shouting "Out!" to the patriarch who was advancing on the tarmac.

Raising her fist, she was detained by a priest in a cassock and a bodyguard. The young woman was placed in custody and will be judged in an immediate appearance charged with "hooliganism," said the Ukrainian police, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

The tough activism of FEMEN

The collective FEMEN, who struggle for democracy and women's rights, was made ​​ amous by its topless demonstrations. On their blog, the Association accused the Patriarch of wanting to strengthen Russian influence in this former Soviet republic. It also makes an issue of the case of "the illegal arrest of the anti-Putin militants," the Pussy Riots. This feminist punk band had performed a " anti-Putin prayer" in the main Russian cathedral.

Dozens of militant nationalists have also protested against the visit of Patriarch to the presidency in Kiev They carried placards on which was written especially "Out with the occupants of Moscow" and "Get out Pope-colonizer". "It is very unfortunate that people are trying to tarnish the visit of Patriarch Kirill in Ukraine by such behavior," commented a spokesman of the Russian Church, Deacon Alexander Volkov who was at the Patriarch's side.

Maids outside the home of DSK

Last October, FEMEN attracted media attention in France. They were disguised as maids outside the home of DSK in the Place des Vosges in Paris, following the incident in the Sofitel. "Come down if you are a man" they were shouting to the former IMF chief. Five months later, the same pretty girls had demonstrated in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, showing slogans like "Fundamentalism get lost” and “no Sharia”.

With naked breasts in Putin's polling station

They had also raided the same month a polling station in Moscow, where Putin and his wife had been twenty minutes previously. The three activists were denuded, showing off their breasts tattooed with "Putin thief! "And" I fly for Putin. " They were arrested and sentenced the same evening to a term of 5 to 12 days in jail.

Topless at Euro2012
On the eve of Euro 2012 which took place in Ukraine, FEMEN had shown topless in front of the Embassy of the country to demand a competition "without prostitution." The operation had been widely publicized. On May 24, Yana Zhdanova, FEMEN member, attempted to seize the Euro 2012 trophy. Stopped, she was sentenced to five days in jail. But despite the risk of imprisonment, nothing seems to affect the willingness of these women, who are desperate to fight. In an interview with the free daily20 minutes, a feminist collective explains that the movement began, when she demonstrated dressed. Seeing that no one was listening, she decided to d strip. But of the 3,000 members of the group, only about twenty demonstrated naked, including Safia Lebdi, co-founder of the movement Neither Whores nor Submissive.

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