Ukraine women activists strip to protest Euro 2012

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian women's rights activists have staged a topless demonstration at Kyiv's Olympic Stadium to protest what they say are attempts to legalize prostitution during the 2012 European Championship.

Five members of the Femen group chanted slogans and displayed banners criticizing tournament organizer UEFA.

Femen spokeswoman Inna Shevchenko says UEFA is "trying to influence our government'' to legalize prostitution during the June 8-July 1 tournament. UEFA is making the draw Friday.

Kyiv police arrived at the gates of the downtown stadium five minutes later.

The women were dragged into a police vehicle and driven away.

Femen has established an international reputation for staging protests in Ukraine and abroad.


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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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