Topless activists target Euro 2012 mascots in Ukraine

They invaded Kyiv’s Independence Square where cops were on hand to drag them
away from images of the cartoon characters made from flower arrangements.

The group – called Femen – have launched a string of protests in recent weeks
in protest at the tournament which they say will encourage sex tourism.

They have even grabbed the Euro 2012 trophy before having it wrestled off them
by guards.

The group have also vowed to target English footie fans attracted by Ukraine’s
sex industry - and head them off at every match.

Police grapple with topless protester

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.

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FEMEN Ukrainian women against Euro 2012 strip off on flower bed

“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.

Sex tourism in the country has rocketed in recent years with seven new lap
dance clubs opening in Kyiv alone ahead of the tournament.

Experts estimate 30 per cent of Kyiv’s hookers are HIV positive.


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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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