Topless FEMEN protestors stage demonstrations around mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe in support of FEMEN activist Amina Tyler.
Accoring to AFP FEMEN member, Alexandra Shevchenko was quoted as saying, “We’re free, we’re naked, it’s our right, it’s our body, it’s our rules, and nobody can use religion, and some other holy things, to abuse women, to oppress them.”
“And we’ll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones,” she said.
Amina Tyler, a Tunisian student, posted a topless photo of herself that sparked controversy. And it wasn’t just a topless photo of herself on Facebook, she wrote slogans on her body that read: “Fuck Your Morals” and “My Body Belongs To Me, And Is Not The Source Of Anyone’s Honour.”
Islamist hackers responded to Tyler’s defying act by hacking into FEMEN’s Tunisian Facebook Page where they replaced topless photos with quotes from the Quran. One Islamic preacher said that Tyler could be stoned for her defiance.
FEMEN, in support of Tyler, turned April 4 as the “International Topless Jihad Day” and organized protests near mosques and embassies across Europe.
On their Facebook page, the group wrote: “This day will mark the beginning of a new, genuine Arab Spring, after which true freedom, freedom without mullahs and caliphs, will come to Tunisia! Long live the topless jihad against infidels! Our tits are deadlier than your stones!”
Around two dozen activists showed up in Paris where they tried to reach the Tunisian embassy, but they were arrested by police.
Five activists also showed up near an Islamic cultural center in Brussels, Belgium. In Milan, women protested outside the Tunisian consulate. They carried signs that read “Free Amina” and “Bare Breasts Against Islam.”
As for Tyler, activists and journalists are concerned about her well-being. Although her lawyer said she was doing fine, some reports suggest that she is being held by her parents in seclusion.
Journalist Caroline Fourest wrote in a blog for HuffPost France that no one has heard from Tyler.
“No, it’s not fine. Amina is with her family but that’s not ‘good news,’ as some newspaper earlier wrote,” Fourest wrote.
“No one close to her, none of her friends or people in her support network have seen her or heard that she was free, free to move and speak.”
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