Femen topless protester disrupts speech by ex-Tunisia president (VIDEO)


Femen activists protest for the freeing of jailed Tunisian activist Amina Tyler on May 30, 2013, in front of the Tunisian Embassy in Brussels.



A Femen protester trying to draw attention to Amina Tyler’s arrest disrobed in Montreal on Saturday, disrupting a speech by the former president of Tunisia.

Xenia Chernyshova stripped to the waist and shouted “free Amina.”

The 26-year-old demonstrator had “Femen everywhere” scrawled across her torso.

Hamadi Djebali had just started his speech for about 75 people when Chernyshova interrupted.

Femen is a Ukraine-based protest group that sends topless women to social, political and sporting events, using nudity to draw reporters to their cause.

They also stage demonstrations such as the mock suicide inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on May 22.

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Chernyshova was trying to draw attention to Tyler’s trial in Tunisia. Also known as Amina Sboui, she posted topless photos of herself with “my body is my own” in thick black letters.

She faces six months in prison when she next appears in court on June 5.

Three other Femen protesters, two from France and one German, who appeared topless at the Tunis courthouse, also face six months in jail. They also have a June 5 court date.

The Montreal protest was somewhat tense, with video appearing to show crowd members trying to attack Chernyshova.

On its Facebook page, Femen took responsibility for the Montreal protest.

“The movement Femen keeps its promise to pursue publicly humiliating and exposing Sharia werewolves, official representatives of Tunisia all over the world until all four ‘sextremitsks’ [sic] who are arrested in Tunisia will be released,” the group said.

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