Topless Activists Seize Euro 2012 Trophy

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Julia Telfer | May 22, 2012 2:19pm EDT | 1min:10sec

Topless members of the Femen radical feminist group seized the Euro 2012 football trophy on display in Ukraine to protest against the increase of sex tourism in the former Soviet republic.

Inna Schevchenko, 21, stripped from the waist clutched the cup while it was exhibited in a central square in Dnipropetrovsk. A 46-year-old French journalist also peeled off her top to display radical slogans.

Both were detained by police under charges of causing public disorder and released later. A Polish reporter was also arrested by police, who confiscated her video and audio equipment

Kyiv-based Femen's protests have focused on next month's Euro 2012 football tournament in Ukraine and Poland. The activists claim the tournament will lead to a rise in prostitution in the former Soviet republic.

In April, members of Femen staged a naked protest to defend Ukrainian women's rights to abortion. The activists climbed to the top of the Cathedral of St Sophia in the centre of Kyiv and stripped from the waist up to protest against a bill that would ban abortions in the former communist country.


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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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