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‘Free Amina!’ FEMEN activists in Paris storm Marzouki meet

The bare-breasted women from the group protested in support 19-year-old Amina Tyler, who caused a scandal in her country with her topless Facebook postings. (AFP)

Activists from Ukraine-based feminist group FEMEN stormed a conference attended by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in Paris on Friday.

The bare-breasted women from the group protested in support 19-year-old Amina Tyler, who caused a scandal in her country with her topless Facebook postings.

The three females interrupted a conference the president was giving at the Middle East institute in Paris, chanting “Free Amina.”

The protesters were demanding the names of those who killed Tunisia opposition leader Chokri Belaid in February, chanting “Who killed Chokri Belaid?”

According to French press, Marzouki said he was “surprised’ by the protests.

Last week, FEMEN activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women’s rights.

The group held “International Topless Jihad Day” in capitals such as Berlin, Kiev and Paris and painted their torsos with slogans including “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 small demonstration in front of a Berlin mosque amid temperatures near the freezing point, according to AFP news agency.

“And we’ll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones.”

The rallies also targeted Tyler, who sparked a scandal last month when she posted pictures of herself online with the words “My body belongs to me” and “F*** your morals” emblazoned across her naked chest.

Supporters fear she could face criminal prosecution.

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Last Update: Saturday, 13 April 2013 KSA 12:54 - GMT 09:54
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