FEMEN Topless Protest In Davos: Feminist Activists Demonstrate Outside World …

Activists from Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN staged yet another topless protest Saturday in Davos, Switzerland.

Picketing outside of the 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF), the trio of women chanted "S.O.S. Davos," shot off flares and blew whistles in a demonstration against what they say is male domination of the world economy, Independent Television News reports. Swiss police detained the women after they tried to breach the security barrier.

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Top financial officials met last week at a resort in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the stabilization of the world economy and fiscal policies. The conference wrapped up over the weekend.

This is the second consecutive year FEMEN has staged a topless protest at the annual economic forum.

With "S.O.S. Davos" written on their chests and "Poor for being women" scrawled on their backs, the women pushed their way past a security fence before they were forced back and carried away by authorities.

In a statement released Jan. 26, FEMEN called on the world leaders at the meeting to stop "imitating concern about the fates of women," according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

"Today FEMEN activists came to scream S.O.S. in Davos, S.O.S. from all women from all over the world, because we are tired of looking at those guys who are under protection, eating caviar and drinking champagne pretending they care about (the) women question," protester Inna Shevchenko told the Agence France-Presse.

Shevchenko, who was also involved in last year's WEF protest, made a name for herself in August after she destroyed a wooden crucifix using a chainsaw to demonstrate her support for the embattled members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Founded in 2008, FEMEN has garnered an international reputation for its half-naked exploits. In December, four topless FEMEN activists took on Russian President Vladimir Putin, declaring "Putin is the Apocalypse!" during a summit in Brussels, Belgium. In November 2012, members of the group donned habits to support gay marriage in France.

WARNING: The gallery and video below contain images of nudity that may not be suitable for all readers.

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  • An activist of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN stands on a fence during a protest at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • An activist from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN shouts slogans during a topless protest on January 26, 2013, against the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos.

  • Activists of the Women's Movement FEMEN try to get into the congress centrum at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • An activist from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN is taken away by police after a topless protest on January 26, 2013, against the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos.

  • Activists of the Women's Movement FEMEN holding flares climb on the fence of the security zone of the Congress center where 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, takes place in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • Activists from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN shout slogans during a topless protest on January 26, 2013, against the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos.

  • A Swiss police officer prevents activists of the Women's Movement FEMEN as they try to enter into the security zone of the Congress center where 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, takes place in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • Activists from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN shout slogans during a topless protest on January 26, 2013, against the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2013 annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos.

  • Swiss police arrest activists of the Women's Movement “FEMEN” outside the congress centrum at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • Swiss police arrest an activist of the Women's Movement “FEMEN” outside the congress centrum at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

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About FEMEN

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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