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War on Euro 2012! Topless FEMEN activist attacks the Euro trophy in a protest against Ukrainian sex tourism

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Femen 966743i War on Euro 2012! Topless FEMEN activist attacks the Euro trophy in a protest against Ukrainian sex tourismWhy do angry bare-chested Ukrainian women hate Euro 2012 so much?

This is a story centred in domestic Ukrainian politics.

Ukraine, like many other Eastern European nations, has seen a surge in illegal activities such as prostitution and human trafficking after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent economic crisis of the 1990s. Ukraine’s capital Kiev is dogged with a sex tourism reputation, but a group of local women – FEMEN – are fighting back.

FEMEN, famous for their activists’ topless public protests, object against Ukraine hosting Euro 2012 saying it will only boost the sex trade. That point was made public when a video hit YouTube on Saturday showing Femen activist Yulia Kovpachik attacking the European Championship trophy.

The trophy is currently on public display in Kiev, and Kovpachik decided to attack it. So, after going unnoticed by security and managing to get side-by-side with the trophy, Kovpachik lunged at it: an action which sent all the security officials tumbling on top of her.

According to reports Kovpachik was grabbed showing a bare torso with the words “Fuck Euro-2012″ before being arrested.

Watch Julia Kovpachik’s attack on the Euro 2012 trophy here.

UPDATE: Swedish TV captured a different view of the FEMEN attack on the Euro trophy plus they got an interview (in English) with the  FEMEN spokeswomen.

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