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Germany: "Merkel free Femen!" scream topless protesters01:21

Germany: "Merkel free Femen!" scream topless protesters

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June 7, 2013 at 06:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Germany: "Merkel free Femen!" scream topless protesters

Femen protested outside the German Chancellery, Friday, against Tunisian Interim Prime Minister Ali Larayedh's visit to Berlin. Shouting "Merkel, free Femen!" and "Free Amina", the three women were quickly led away by police officers who covered the protesters' breasts with police jackets. The demonstrators made themselves dead weights as they were detained, dragging their feet on the ground as security officers took them inside the German executive office.

Femen's actions against the Tunisian government are inspired by support for Amina Sboui, known under the pseudonym of Amina Tyler. Tyler rose to prominence for her online protest in February, when she posted pictures of herself topless with "my body belongs to me" written in Arabic over her bare chest, in opposition to the strictures of Islamic culture. The 19-year-old feminist, following a second act of protest in May has been charged with carrying out "provocative acts" and faces up to two years imprisonment for attempting to stage a topless protest in the city of Kairouan. She was charged with secondary charges for the possession of pepper-spray charge and for vandalism, after writing the word 'Femen' on the cemetery wall next to the mosque.

On May 29, Femen protesters stripped in front of the Tunisian Palace of Justice in solidarity with Amina. They were arrested for their action and charged with public indecency. According to Femen, one prisoner is German citizen Josephine Markmann, who previously protested when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel met at the Hannover Messe trade fair in April.

Femen was founded in 2008 in the Ukraine. Last weeks protest in Tunis was the first time the group held an action in a Muslim country. Femen's opposition to Islam has intensified over the last few months. They have waged what they have called a "topless jihad" against the organised religion.

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Germany: "Merkel free Femen!" scream topless protesters

Femen protested outside the German Chancellery, Friday, against Tunisian Interim Prime Minister Ali Larayedh's visit to Berlin. Shouting "Merkel, free Femen!" and "Free Amina", the three women were quickly led away by police officers who covered the protesters' breasts with police jackets. The demonstrators made themselves dead weights as they were detained, dragging their feet on the ground as security officers took them inside the German executive office.

Femen's actions against the Tunisian government are inspired by support for Amina Sboui, known under the pseudonym of Amina Tyler. Tyler rose to prominence for her online protest in February, when she posted pictures of herself topless with "my body belongs to me" written in Arabic over her bare chest, in opposition to the strictures of Islamic culture. The 19-year-old feminist, following a second act of protest in May has been charged with carrying out "provocative acts" and faces up to two years imprisonment for attempting to stage a topless protest in the city of Kairouan. She was charged with secondary charges for the possession of pepper-spray charge and for vandalism, after writing the word 'Femen' on the cemetery wall next to the mosque.

On May 29, Femen protesters stripped in front of the Tunisian Palace of Justice in solidarity with Amina. They were arrested for their action and charged with public indecency. According to Femen, one prisoner is German citizen Josephine Markmann, who previously protested when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel met at the Hannover Messe trade fair in April.

Femen was founded in 2008 in the Ukraine. Last weeks protest in Tunis was the first time the group held an action in a Muslim country. Femen's opposition to Islam has intensified over the last few months. They have waged what they have called a "topless jihad" against the organised religion.