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Topless attack: FEMEN dump Euro trophy in protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: May 21, 2012 19:04
Edited time: May 21, 2012 23:04

An activist from women rights group FEMEN undresses during a protest action near the EURO 2012 trophy on public display in the Ukranian city of Dnipropetrovsk May 21, 2012. (Reuters / Sergei Isayev)

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The infamous clothing-optional protest group FEMEN has attacked the Henri Delaunay Trophy, commonly known as the Euro Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the European Football Championship. As always, the girls were defiantly topless.

The famous trophy was on display in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk ahead of the Euro 2012 kick off in June.

The women, reportedly French journalist Emma Aels and longtime group member Inna Shevchenko, removed their upper garments and knocked the trophy to the ground in protest.The women claimed the Euro 2012 football tournament will provide an unwelcome boost to the sexual tourism industry in Ukraine.

“Platini’s Euro-roaster was taken down together with the pedestal it was attached to after FEMEN attacked it in Kiev,” the activists’ official website reports.

 Activists of Ukrainian women′s movement FEMEN attack an EURO 2012 tournament trophy during its display in Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk on May 21, 2012. (AFP photo / Femen Press-Sevice Hand-out / STR)
Activists of Ukrainian women's movement FEMEN attack an EURO 2012 tournament trophy during its display in Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk on May 21, 2012. (AFP photo / Femen Press-Sevice Hand-out / STR)
Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Reuters / Gleb Garanich

The pair was arrested, charged with causing public disorder and released later, Interfax news agency reports.

The FEMEN statement said Dnipropetrovsk police also arrested a French female photographer and a female Polish reporter, confiscating their video and audio recording equipment in the process.

A Similar incident took place in Kiev on May 12, when other FEMEN activists pounced on the trophy.Each woman was subsequently fined the equivalent of $40.

Image from femen.livejournal.com
Image from femen.livejournal.com
Law enforcement officers detain an activist of the FEMEN movement after she stripped near the Henri Delaunay Cup (Euro 2012 trophy), which is on display in the Central square of Kiev, to protest against the football championship too be held in Ukraine. The FEMEN activist was wrapped in a cloth and carried away in a police car.(RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Vasilenko)
Law enforcement officers detain an activist of the FEMEN movement after she stripped near the Henri Delaunay Cup (Euro 2012 trophy), which is on display in the Central square of Kiev, to protest against the football championship too be held in Ukraine. The FEMEN activist was wrapped in a cloth and carried away in a police car.(RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Vasilenko)