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‘No more Pope’: Femen activists get naked in Notre Dame to mark Pope’s resignation

Published time: February 12, 2013 18:00
Edited time: February 12, 2013 22:00
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013  (Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013 (Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Eight Femen activists undressed and flashed their breasts inside the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The notorious female group marked Pope Benedict XVI's resignation in typically scandalous fashion.

The Ukrainian feminists entered the Gothic cathedral on Tuesday dressed in long coats, before disrobing near the altar. The bodies of the activists were painted withslogans such as "Crisis of faith," and “Pope no more!

Their protest lasted for just a few minutes.

Bye-bye Benedict!” and “No more homophobe!” cried the activists while beating bells with sticks, to “congratulate the world” on Benedict XVI’s stepping down.

The cathedral’s security eventually took all the Femen members outside by force, but the activists remained outside shouting "In gay we trust!"

“FEMEN is congratulating the whole progressive world with the resignation of fascist Benedict XVI from the place of the head of the Catholic mafia. It’s symbolic that today is the day of voting on law of same-sex marriage in France. The ex-Pope was a fierce opponent of gay marriages. FEMEN applaud the complete capitulation of the middle age homophobia! Pope go to the devil! Viva common sense! Viva freedom!” reads an entry on the movement’s Facebook page.

Parishioners of the cathedral were reportedly unhappy with the their antics. "This is a sacred place, you can't strip here," a Frenchwoman told AFP.

The action followed Monday’s sudden announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, attributed to his "advancing years". It's the first time a pontiff hasquit in nearly 600 years.This wasn’t FEMEN’s first protest againstBenedict XVI. The group had previously demonstrated topless at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for gay rights, as the Pope was giving his weekly prayer in November 2011.

The FEMEN activists gained notoriety by conducting impromptu topless protests during major international public events in different countries against sex tourism, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international issues. The Ukrainian feminists also attacked what they called "homophobic propaganda" in the Vatican, and the economic forum in Davos.

Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen shout slogans outside Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women′s rights organisation Femen protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

Comments (17)

 

Deven Taylor 20.12.2013 17:58

This is funny because you'll find tons of photos of Benedict swapping saliva with other priests hahahahahaha

 

VladoPortos 21.09.2013 12:46

Anonymous user 05.03.2013 23:25

This is a by product of a corrupted society, corrupted & hi-jacked by Zionism. Zionism is the enemy.

  


Sure also Reptilians and don't forget all the aliens that fly all over Galaxy to come here...

Anonymous user 07.06.2013 17:08

haha i wish my job was to photoshop smudge all those boobies ;)

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