Women`s rights activist strips in Vatican
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Last Updated: Monday, November 07, 2011, 10:04
  
Vatican City: A young Ukrainian women rights activist sneaked past security and partially stripped in front the Vatican's Saint-Peter Basilica just after the Pope's Sunday Angelus.

The blonde activist, initially wearing tight jeans and a see-through black tulle top, struck provocative poses against the dramatic backdrop of the basilica and the papal apartments, where Benedict XVI had given his traditional blessing moments earlier.

Legs splayed, she brandished a black placard demanding "Freedom for Women" and then took her top off, according to a photographer on the scene.

Italian police labouriously subdued the topless activist, who was still kicking and screaming as they dragged her away from the papal enclave under the bewildered gaze of faithful and tourists.

She belongs to a Ukrainian women's rights group called Femen, which campaigns against sexism and whose topless tactics have attracted increasing public attention in recent years.

The group was founded in Kiev in 2008 to combat sex tourism, prostitution and sexual harassment targeting female university students in Ukarine.

Their previous stunt was just a few blocks away yesterday, when naked activists with their busts painted in the red, white and green colours of the Italian flag joined a mass protest against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 07, 2011, 10:04


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