Anti-Euro ’12? Strip down to drive home a point!

A Ukrainian women's rights activist stripped to the waist and seized the Euro-2012 soccer trophy while it was on public display in Kyiv on Saturday in a protest against the exploitation of women during the forthcoming championship.

The young woman, 23-year-old Yulia Kovpachik,

strode up to the silver trophy, which was on display as a tourist attraction in central Kyiv.

But she then pulled down her red T-shirt to reveal the words "F**k Euro 2012" scrawled on her chest. As she grabbed hold of the cup, she was seized by security guards, who appeared to have had warning of the protest.

They covered her with a sheet and took her off to a waiting police car.

The protest appeared to be the first action in a campaign against the championship by Femen, a Kyiv-based women's rights group to highlight what it sees as political injustice, social abuse and the exploitation of women in Ukraine.


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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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