Topless protestor chased around Canada Parliament
A topless woman raged against a proposed anti-terror law in Canada`s Parliament on Monday, saying it will infringe on civil rights.
Ottawa: A topless woman raged against a proposed anti-terror law in Canada`s Parliament on Monday, saying it will infringe on civil rights.
The woman is a member of the Paris-based radical feminist protest group Femen.
She was chased around the public gallery of the House of Commons by security officials after she removed her top and began to scream that the anti-terror law was a "war on freedom."
The House was briefly suspended over the kerfuffle, according to opposition MP messages on Twitter. The protester, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with indecency, and banned from parliament for one year.
On its Facebook page, Femen said bill C-51 was overly broad, and would infringe on Canadians` freedom of speech, and other rights.
The group`s concerns about possible abuses by authorities have been echoed by environmental activists, aboriginals, four former prime ministers and others.
The government insists the measures target "terrorists" and not law-abiding citizens.
The law was introduced following a lone gunman`s October 22 killing of a ceremonial guard and storming of parliament, and the hit-and-run murder of another soldier in rural Quebec the same week.
It is expected to be passed before lawmakers break for the summer at the end of June.