Feminists disrupt Muslim conference
Two topless feminists stormed the stage at a Muslim conference in France.
The activists, from hard-line feminist outfit Femen jumped on the stage, with “Nobody makes me submit” scrawled across their bare breasts. Before being dragged and kicked off the stage by angry Muslims, one shouted:
Nobody makes me submit, me nobody owns me, I’m my own prophet!
A video in this report shows the incident that took place at the Muslim Salon in Pontoise, France, a town just outside of Paris. It ended “violently” according to one eyewitness.
The activists stormed the stage, “leading to two embarrassed looking Muslim men shuffling off stage smirking while clearly trying to get an eyeful”. Then a posse of delegates kicked the women off the side of the stage.
The Telegraph reports that Inna Shevchenko, a spokeswoman for the feminist protest group, said that two fundamentalist preachers were discussing the question of “whether wives should be beaten or not” when the activists, aged 25 and 31, ripped off their Arab-style cloaks and jumped on to the stage on Saturday evening.
The protesters grabbed microphones and shouted feminist slogans in French and Arabic before being roughly bundled off the stage by about 15 men and handed over to police. Video footage of the incident shows a man apparently kicking one of the women.
Femen protesters are best known for their targeting of Christian iconography and representatives, such as the desecration of crucifixes in St. Peter’s Square, or baring their chests in churches.
The group was founded in Ukraine in 2008, but has since become a Europe-wide phenomenon.
In 2013 the group burned the ISIS flag in front of the Great Mosque in Paris.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake