Thursday, April 4, 2013

Femen Holds Topless Rallies in European Capitals; Has "International Topless Jihad Day," Slams Islam

Several topless female activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe today (April 4, 2013) to protest what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights, according to the Raw Story website.

Protesters from the Ukrainian-based women's power group Femen held "International Topless Jihad Day" today in several capitals -- including Berlin, Kiev, and Paris -- and painted their torsos with slogans such as "Bare Breasts Against Islamism."

"We're free, we're naked, it's our right, it's our body, it's our rules, and nobody can use religion, and some other holy things, to abuse women, to oppress them," Femen member Alexandra Shevchenko said at a demonstration in front of a Berlin mosque with temperatures near the freezing point.

Today's rallies were sparked by the case of a Tunisian activist calling herself Amina Tyler who caused a scandal in Islamist nations last month when she posted pictures of herself  online with the words "My Body Belongs to Me" emblazoned across her naked breasts. Some Islamist clerics have declared that Tyler be stoned to death for posting her topless photos online.

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