31 October 2011
by Pauline Malmqvist
The rising topless feminist group FEMEN is currently on a EuroTour. Today they were in Paris, at the front door of Strauss-Kahns’ apartment.
Dressed like house-keepers and with their bare breasts the FEMEN activists protested for less than an hour at Strauss Kahns’ apartment. The movement wanted to show their support to the french feminist movements who wants the political isolation of Strauss-Kahn and a objective investigation. They shouted at Strauss-Kahn to “Come down if you are a man!” while holding banners that said “Fuck me in Porshe Cayenne”. As a reference to an other case concerning DSK.
The former managing director of the IMF wasn’t the only target of the protest. They also denounced Berlusconi and Clinton because they “have become symbols of the impunity of high-ranked rapists, an example of the hypocrisy of elite politicians”. In a statement released earlier today they say that “one can use money and knowledge to avoid a sentence , but the shame will never be washed away”. They urge France to “Get out, get undressed and win!”.
The protest didn’t last for more than hour. The police intervened to take the identity of the activists.
In their tour in Europe they first went to Switzerland. They also protested on the opening of a stadium in Lviv, Ukraine, for the European Football Cup. Where they denounced the prostitution and the sexual tourism combined with important events. Today they were in France and their next destination is Italy. Where they are planning on going to Milan and the Vatican to protest against The Pope and Berlusconi. They also organized conferences in Italy, still in their fundamental conviction of a“Euro 2012 without Prostitution”.
Their topless protests have made them gain the interest of the medias. The fact that it’s only with bare breasts that they can be famous shows that there still is a long way to go.