Ukrainian topless protesters detained

Three members of a Ukrainian political action group notorious for protesting topless were detained so they could not run onto the pitch during a Euro 2012 match between the country′s national team against France, Saturday news reports said.

A police statement said officers took the women into custody in a MacDonald's restaurant in the eastern city Donetsk on Friday, hours before a Ukraine-France match. All were members of the group Femen, the statement said.

A Femen statement identified the men that held them not as police but security personnel working for Rinat Akhmetov, a Donetsk multi-billionaire. The detention, according to Femen, took place near the Donetsk train station.

Femen and police statements agreed the trio was released but conflicted over the length of detention. The Femen statement said one woman was struck in the face while in custody, an allegation not confirmed by the police statement.

Femen is a group of mostly female Ukrainian political activists who attempt to draw attention to their causes by disrobing to the waist in public locations and resisting arrest loudly. They have spoken out against the Euro 2012 for, allegedly, increasing prostitution and sex tourism in Ukraine.

The last Euro-related Femen protest took place on June 11 when two half-naked women ran out onto the pitch during a match between Sweden and Ukraine. They were cited for disturbing the peace and released. dpa sbk dh Author: Stefan Korshak


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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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