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Topless Protest Leads To Trouble

I'm not the biggest fan of protests. Frankly, I have never seen major change stemming from the catalyst being a group of people stopping traffic while touting hand-drawn signs and chanting some rhythmically non-challenging marching words in anger with one self-appointed leader hollering into a bull-horn. It's redolent of a parade with attitude. And NO... I'm not honking my horn as I pass to illustrate support. Be that as it may, this particular protest was “titillating” yet “nipped” in the bud.

According to the NY Daily News, “topless women flashed the Georgian Embassy in the Ukraine Monday to protest the arrests of three photojournalists.” These nude political activists were members of a Ukrainian group called Femen. They gathered at the Embassy and “held fake cameras while wearing nothing but black underpants with the word 'press' emblazoned on the back of their undergarments.”

The report goes on to specify that “the women were demonstrating against the July 7 arrests in Georgia of Associated Press stringer Giorgi Abdaladze, Zurab Kurtsikidze, of the European Pressphoto Agency, and Irakli Gedenidze, the personal photographer of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.” (Uh ah... I can't pronounce any of those names either.) These three photojournalists were arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia, according to The Guardian. Since Monday, there has been leaked video footage of security guards and police shoving and kicking Femen members – obviously an act that falls short of legal. This has sparked further protest across Europe.

Local reports claim that the security guard that could not be identified has since been fired after reviewing the violence on tape. Anybody else follow that irony? How the hell do you fire a guy you can't identify? Alrighty then. Moving on. This, by the way, is not the first time the members of Femen have decided to go the naked route. “Femen became internationally known when they organized naked protests against sex tourism in 2008.”

So what do you think? Are they justified in locking up people who they believe are using documentation to aid another nation or is this simply yet another blatant violation people's “freedom of expression?”

(Image from Animal New York)

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