Activists from feminist group FEMEN demonstrated topless in Paris’ Louvre museum on Wednesday to condemn rape and in denounce an incident in Tunisia where a woman alleges she was raped by police officers.
Activists stood topless in front of Venus de Milo statue, raising their hands in protest and chanting “We are here to stop rape”.
They said their protest was prompted by the case of a woman in Tunisia who says says she was raped by policemen and may face charges of indecency with her fiancé. The case has drawn substantial interest in France where the woman's supporters say the indecency probe has been launched to pressure her into dropping her accusations against the police.
“As long as you’re a woman, you’re potential victim of rapist. And the suggestion that happened with a girl in Tunisia who was raped by two policemen and after was judged because of her immoral position, it's crazy and it shows the reality of the world. It shows that every day we endanger to be victim of rapist. Today we choose the Louvre, the museum and the statue of Venus de Milo that is symbol of woman but without hands. We came to show that we have hands to stop rape and we will fight for that,” said activist Inna Shevchenko after the demonstration.
The group recently moved the center of its activities to Paris from the Ukraine.