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Ukraine topless activists raise SOS from Belarus

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Dec. 20, 2011, 7:40 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters

Belarus plainclothes policemen detain protesters during an opposition action devoted for anniversary of the presidential election in Belarus, Minsk, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. About 30 protesters were arrested.
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Ukraine's Femen group which specialises in topless protests in public raised an SOS on Tuesday over three activists who it said were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned naked in woodland. The Kyiv-based group said the three were seized by police in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday after staging a typical bare-breasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"They were blindfolded and driven all night in a bus. They were taken into a wood. Oil was poured on them. They were forced to strip and were threatened with being set on fire," a statement by the group said.

"They were threatened with a knife which was later used to cut their hair," it said. They were later abandoned naked in woodlands without their identity papers, the group said, appealing for help in tracing them.

KGB offices in Minsk refused to comment.

But the Ukrainian foreign ministry later said they had information that they had been found about 300 km (190 miles) from Minsk.

A blog posted by Femen in Kyiv http://femen.livejournal.com/183324.html showed three half-naked young women openly mocking Lukashenko by wearing false moustaches. One had his face painted on her back while another held a poster calling for political prisoners to be freed.

Lukashenko tolerates little dissent in the former Soviet republic he has run since 1994 and authorities crack down swiftly on public demonstrations against his rule.

Ukrainian authorities laregly tolerate Femen activists who regularly hold bare-breasted actions in Kyiv to highlight what they see as political injustice, social abuse and the exploitation of women.

Ukrainian police usually allow them to protest before detaining them for a short while and then releasing them.

In the run-up to the Euro-2012 soccer tournament, which will be co-hosted by Ukraine and which Femen says will lead to prostitution being legalised in Ukraine, the group has become bolder in its action.

Earlier this month Femen attempted to stage a protest in Moscow before the parliamentary election there. The activists then were quickly overpowered by local security guards before they could make their protest.
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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 7:46 p.m.    

Stupid bitches should have thought twice before trying their usual display of stupidity in an authoritarian country.

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 8:23 p.m.    

Obviously, they have more courage than you.

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 8:30 p.m.    

I'm sure they have more pubic hair than me too. They are feminists after all.

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 10:50 p.m.    

By your analogy, they have more BALLS than Lukashenko.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 10:43 a.m.    

lukashenko has more balls than the Eu clowns.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 4:59 a.m.    

And you are a hiarless twerp

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 8:30 p.m.    

Ah, yes - what courage from bass ackwards little sovok mafia thugs.

People are just supposed to sit back and let Lukashenka beat them over the head. THAT is what is stupid and moronic - not protesting against authoritarianism.

The &quot;stupid bitches&quot; have more courage and guts and gumption than Putler or Yanusvoloch and their bandas put together.

Protesting against authoritarianism is &quot;stupid&quot;?

If enough &quot;stupid&quot; people in Ukraine protested against Yanusvoloch's authoritarianism, Ukraine would not have the sewer of a government that it has today.

Ukraine would be a free, democratic, prosperous country, with an EU association agreement and an EU free trade agreement.

спасибо жителям Донбаассааааа......

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 5:56 a.m.    

its had 5 years with so called pro west government and what did they get. a loss of 5 million people and -30% depression.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 6:23 a.m.    

That's because Yushenko and Yanukovych together undermined democratic and transparent reforms proposed by Tymoshhenko which culminated in Yanukovych throwing her in jail on false charges.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 10:44 a.m.    

Stop talking about the EU. They are finished.

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 9:40 p.m.    

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/editorial/detail/117173/

the brave kyiv post editors (who just don't get it)

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2011, 9:47 p.m.    

Lukashenko must be destroyed for committing crimes against women.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 5:54 a.m.    

LOL Belarus is the best :)

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 7:58 a.m.    

Ukraine better

Lviv nest city of citys

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 11:48 a.m.    

Lviv is best of best best citys. We have best nazis! Heil Lviv!

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 6:13 p.m.    

Fully agreed !

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 5:57 a.m.    

why dont they just not let these women go into Belarus in the first time.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 8:40 a.m.    

&quot;Ina said that she and two fellow yesterday (19 December) at 19:00 at the station of Minsk were captured by police and KDBshnykamy, blindfolded them and drove all night on the bus, brought in wood, doused with oil, forced to undress, threatened to set fire, threatened with a knife, which later cut hair. Everything that happens KDBshnyki filmed on camera, then threw them naked in the woods without documents.

http://tsn.ua/politika/femenistok-u-bilorusi-vivezli-v-lis-rozdyagli-oblili-maslom-i-hotili-pidpaliti.html

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 9:39 a.m.    

In the Belarusian KGB laughed over the story of FEMEN

The Interior Ministry of Belarus is not even going to consider checking information about the involvement of government employees in the incident - which was a clear abuse of Ukrainian female citizens.

http://tsn.ua/politika/u-biloruskomu-kdb-posmiyalisya-nad-istoriyeyu-z-femen.html

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 12:52 p.m.    

Men used by the Soviet regime back in 1986 are now being used as pawns in a new regime’s games.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/119360/#ixzz1hAIzuGaX

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 1:35 p.m.    

They had it coming.

Next time try La Meca or Teheran.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 2:20 p.m.    

The whores are looking a bit worse for wear: http://femen.livejournal.com/185014.html

Next time they should think twice before travelling around Europe and desecrating sacred sites, including the Vatican, with their sloppy bodies. They are hardly what I would call model material.

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Anonymous Dec. 21, 2011, 6:36 p.m.    

While I don't always approve of what Femen does, it really is tragic to hear the names people on this site call them.

If you don't like what is happening in Belarus and what has happened, just watch...Yanu will soon be behaving similar. He and PoR have no intention of letting anyone threaten him politically.

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