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Bikyamasr: Ukraine woman strips at Vatican for rights, anti-Berlusconi

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Nov. 7, 2011, 5:03 p.m. |

An Italian policemen pulls a poster reading: "Freedom for women" held by an activist of the Ukrainian female rights organization "Femen" during a protest at the end of Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
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She walked past security in Vatican City and right in front of St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday stripped off her top in protest for greater women’s rights. The young Ukrainian activist displayed a sign calling for “freedom for women” right before taking off her top. Only moments earlier, Pope Benedict XVI had given his weekly blessings, but the young activist was pushing for greater rights. Italian police were able to subdue the young woman, who belongs to the Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen, which campaigns against sexism and have attracted attention for their topless protests.

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2011, 6:40 p.m.    

Why is Femen in Italy when the situation in Ukraine is SO MUCH worse than in Italy!

Sure their people are being pushed into Poverty & Slavery BUT we are ALREADY there! Not only are we poor slaves but we are also undergoing Russification and genocide which the Italians are NOT! Femen COME HOME the greater battle is here!

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 12:06 a.m.    

You should be asking who is paying for FEMEN;'s protests.. Then you will know the answer? Its not eay for Ukrainians to get a visa let along the cost for travel and accomodation.

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 5:09 a.m.    

are you implying that these are women for hire?...that they are not doing this out of patriotism? ...how disappointing!

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 12:04 a.m.    

FEMEN are more about self promotion then womens causes. There message is being lost in its delivery. If anything that are helping promote Ukraine as a sex tourist destination and playing into the hands of the tabloid media. Journalists need to also ask who is funding FEMEN's protests. Could it be the tabloid media that is looking for a bare tits expose on page 3?

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Anonymous Nov. 9, 2011, 7:53 p.m.    

Nice tits!

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