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Naked Ukrainians Rally in Front of Bulgaria's Parliament

Society | January 21, 2012, Saturday // 18:20| Views: 20085 | Comments: 4
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Bulgaria: Naked Ukrainians Rally in Front of Bulgaria's Parliament The Ukranian girls braved the cold in Sofia on Saturday almost totally naked, but armed with boxing gloves and red paint marks on their faces to imitate blood. Photos by Sofia Photo Agency

Three members of the provocative Ukrainian female rights activists FEMEN stirred media interest big time by protesting domestic violence against women naked in front of Bulgaria's parliament.

Almost totally naked, but armed with boxing gloves and red paint marks on their faces to imitate blood, the Ukrainian girls became rather violent when surrounded by – predominantly male – members of the press.

As they started to deal blows left and right, the policemen guarding the region interpreted rightly their symbolic aggression and did not resort to arrests.

The Ukrainans, who attracted global renown by staging intelligent and controversial protest actions while almost naked, say they have data that 1 in 4 Bulgarian women has been subjected to violence at home.

At the same time, the first ever guilty verdict for domestic violence in Bulgaria has been issued as late as end of 2011, argue FEMEN.

The Ukraine activists also state they have good reasons to believe that the number of Bulgarians who have become victims of human trafficking is much larger than officially reported.

FEMEN specifically presses for urgent and adequate amendments to the Bulgarian Criminal Code in the fields of violence against women and children, a just and equitable judiciary, as well as more severe and effective sentences for proven offenders.

The organization staged the event in Sofia under the motto: "Their God is a Woman, their Mission is Protest, their Weapon are their Breasts!"

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#4
Rousseve - 22 Jan 2012 // 19:17:04

it's just a man's opinion...

#3
DeuBug - 22 Jan 2012 // 10:06:40

If you look at the photo, they are bare-chested but wearing some kind of shorts. Is the reporter confused or maybe short-sighted?

#2
bogomil - 22 Jan 2012 // 06:10:29

There might be domestic violence here, like there is everywhere, but I've never seen it happen, even in the villages.. Bulgarian women are famous for the important role that they have played in our long history..
One has to question who these Ukraine activists really are, and what is the source of their information.. I have met women from various European countries who travel in support of the victims of abused and trafficked women, and are funded by the EU..
They normally go about their business with their clothes on, even in the summer..

This small group of FEMEN activists really are like the descendents of the long-lost Amazon-women-warrior tribes of the Scythian era, who roamed and battled on the Ukraine steppe.. The Amazon Woman cut off the left breast in order to accomodate the bulk of carrying their arrows..

#1
Rousseve - 21 Jan 2012 // 22:42:11

Ironically, we need importers to wake up the dormant Bulgarian activism. Whereas embassies deny visas to Ukrainian women due to a primitive stereotypical thinking of a respective politcal class, we actually need them to come and improve our own condition of living. I would say it is completely ridiculous that the first sentence for domestic violence in Bulgaria is from the late 2011. Dear Bulgarians, when are you going to wake up?

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