Feminists detained in anti-Putin protest

2012-12-21 14:22
An activist of Ukraine's feminist movement Femen is taken away by the police. (Picture: AFP))

An activist of Ukraine's feminist movement Femen is taken away by the police. (Picture: AFP)) (Georges Gobet)

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Brussels - Activists from Ukraine's feminist group Femen staged a brief topless protest on Friday against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Brussels attending an EU summit.

Four young women stripped to the waist and covered in painted slogans such as "Apocalypse", exited from an underground rail station and raced briefly across the road towards EU headquarters before being thrown to the ground by police.

Shouting and screaming "Putin go to hell!" they were taken away by security.

The incident occurred shortly after Putin arrived for talks with EU president Herman van Rompuy and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso.

The EU officials have been pressured by parliamentarians and rights groups to prioritise human rights during talks with Putin.

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