Topless Ukrainian feminists snatch Euro 2012 trophy in protest ahead of …

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Anthony Bond

01:30 GMT, 22 May 2012

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06:46 GMT, 22 May 2012

It is a trophy which football fans up and down the country hope to see raised by English players come the end of this summer's European Championships.

But at an event in Ukraine yesterday, a quite different group managed to get their hands on the prestigious Euro 2012 trophy.

Topless activists from a Ukrainian women's rights group staged a second attack on the cup by grabbing it while it was on public display in the southeast of the country, which is jointly hosting the tournament with Poland.

Protest: Topless activists from a Ukrainian women's rights group staged a second attack on the Euro 2012 trophy by grabbing it while it was on public display

Protest: Topless activists from a Ukrainian women's rights group staged a second attack on the Euro 2012 trophy by grabbing it while it was on public display

Daring: As security moved in on one of the group, another activist, standing next to the cup, stripped off to the waist

Daring: As security moved in on one of the group, another activist, standing next to the cup, stripped off to the waist

Inna Shevchenko, 21, an activist in the Femen group, peeled off her top, revealing the words 'F**k Euro 2012' on her torso.

She then grabbed hold of the 60cm-high cup while it was being exhibited in a central square in Dnipropetrovsk, according to a video clip released by Femen.

As security guards moved in on her, another activist, standing next to the cup, stripped off to the waist to display the same slogan.

Femen organisers said the second activist was a 46-year-old French journalist from a French women's magazine.

'She also supports our struggle against sexism and prostitution and decided to take part,' said Femen spokeswoman Anna Hutsol.    

Both women were detained by police. 

Concerns: Security officers detain one of the activists of Femen. The group says Euro 2012 will lead to a surge in prostitution in the former Soviet republic and entrench the country as a sex tourist destination in Europe

Concerns: Security officers detain one of the activists of Femen. The group says Euro 2012 will lead to a surge in prostitution in the former Soviet republic and entrench the country as a sex tourist destination in Europe

Stunt: A topless activist from the group - with an anti Euro 2012 slogan on her belly - had also tried to grab the trophy from Independence Square in Kyiv earlier this month

Stunt: A topless activist from the group - with an anti Euro 2012 slogan on her belly - had also tried to grab the trophy from Independence Square in Kyiv earlier this month

The Kyiv-based Femen is focusing its topless protests for women's rights on next month's Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

Femen says Euro 2012, which will run in Ukraine from June 9 to July 1, will lead to a surge in prostitution in the former Soviet republic and entrench the country as a sex tourist destination in Europe.        

It is threatening to carry out a blitz of stunts against the tournament.  

Another Femen activist staged a similar protest in Kyiv earlier this month, seizing hold of the same cup while it was on public display in the capital.  

The 8 kg Henri Delaunay cup is on a tour of Ukraine so Ukrainians can have souvenir photographs taken of themselves alongside it.

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These "so called" feminists; why do you have to go topless; I thought "feminists" didn't like women portrayed as sex objects.
- Joyce Chasteen, Fort Worth, TX USA, 22/5/2012 04:54**They don't but being women they lack a good sense of logic and reasoning.

Topless ladies ruining the Euro's? if it's anything like the world cup in SA it'll need 'em to make it any good.

Women have MORE rights than men . That's the complete truth of the matter.

More more, better than any football !!!

"Wait there, i'll talk to you more about feminism and objectifying women after i've taken my top off". . . . . . . . Good plan!

more demonstrations please ladies !! 🙂

they never would have dared if stalin were still alive, glad he's dead

I am sure their protests will slide downwards and away with age and maturity

Really DM, these pictures you blur while making us view un-blurred pictures of the Kardashians/Jenner's/West. Please DM have some heart.

This looks like a new sport

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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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