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- September 19, 2012 at 12:19 am #344191
Ukraine’s FEMEN feminist protesters are now officially based in Paris. The group’s headquarters were registered in France and will be opened on September 18. The girls plan to mark the event with a topless parade across the Muslіm district of the city.
The group invited all its supporters and those who are still hesitant to join the ceremony. The festivities will include a topless parade, a chain saw assembly contest and a poisoned pie throwing competition.
The girls cal themselves “sextremists” but Ukraine’s government think they’re extremists and denied the group a registration. FEMEN’s main agenda is to fight discrimination against women. They want to draw attention to the problem by wearing slogans urging Muslіm women to undress. France, which is 10% Muslіm, found nothing extremist in our group, Irina Shevchenko from FEMEN told VoR.
"We have obtained the registration, which means that France’s government doesn’t mind our existence and operation in the country."
She said that FEMEN went to France as it has a large Muslіm Community. Irina recently moved to Paris fearing arrest after sawing down a cross in the center of Kiev. The girls say that their protests are a test for democracy.
"Our movement is international. Our French headquarters will attract activists from all over the world to study FEMEN strategy and tactics. We will operate in East and Central Europe, America and Brazil and plan to go worldwide."
Naked marches can cause indignation not only among French Muslіms taking into account recent unrest caused by an American –made movie mocking Prophet Muhammad. Sergey Fedorov, expert in European studies, believes that the French government will control the situation.
"If France sees such extremist actions it will quickly deal with them, leaving all their Pussy Riot support behind. I think the girls will hardly enjoy their stay in France."
The girls have already performed a number of happenings in Europe. In Milan, they disrupted the opening ceremony of the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week. The protesters wore jeans and handwritten slogans “Fashion = Fascism” and “Model don’t go to Brothel”. In Zurich, the girls staged a protest against prostitution. They stopped traffic in the road where prostitutes usually gather, wrapped in cellophane with labels attached reading “Women aren't merchandise”
They also "attacked" the Euro 2012 trophy Cup protesting against Ukraine hosting the event which, they think, promotes sex-tourism.
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