Topless protesters detained

Turkish police detained four Ukrainian feminists who staged a topless protest in one of the busiest spots of Istanbul on Thursday, said an AFP photographer.

Four activists of the Femen group chanted slogans and unfurled banners outside Hagia Sophia church, now a museum, to protest against domestic violence in Turkey and to express solidarity with female victims of acid attacks.

Shortly after the group's protest marking International Women's Day, police rushed to the scene and dragged the activists into a police vehicle.

Femen, a small but feisty feminist group based in Ukraine, operates under the slogan "I came, I stripped, I won" and is known for protests that frequently see its members strip to the waist in public places.


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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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