Protesters invade Euro 2012 event

An unveiling of Euro 2012's mascots in Kyiv has been disrupted by topless activists protesting against the exploitation of women in Ukraine.

A flowerbed in form of the tournament's mascots Slavek and Slavko was invaded by an activist wearing a penis costume before she was dragged away by police.

The group, called Femen, have launched a series of protests in the build up to next month's tournament which they claim will encourage sex tourism.

Protester Oleksandra Shevchenko said last week: "We know what men are like - they want a beer, to watch football and then their mind turns to sex.

"We want to make sure they get the message Ukrainian women are not their sex objects and Ukraine not their brothel."

Ukraine is co-hosting next month's competition with Poland.


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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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