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Mon Jan 26 08:26:17 SAST 2015

Topless Ukrainians demonstrate in Louvre over Tunisian rape case

Sapa-dpa | 03 October, 2012 14:25
Members from the topless women's rights group Femen, with messages written on their chests, stage an action in front of the "Venus de Milo" statue at the Louvre Museum in Paris, October 3, 2012. The Femen activists were protesting charges of indecency filed against a woman raped by two Tunisian police officers.
Image by: PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters

A group of topless activists from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen demonstrated inside the Louvre Museum in Paris Wednesday over the case of a Tunisian woman accused of indecency after allegedly being raped by two policemen.

Six activists with slogans such as "No, c'est no" and "Justice against rapists" painted across their chests posed for photographs in front of the famous ancient Greek statue the Venus de Milo, right arms raised in clenched-fist salutes.

A banner marked "Rape me, I am immoral" was slung from the statue, which is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

The action came a day after a 27-year-old Tunisian woman appeared before an investigating magistrate in Tunis to answer allegations of indecency made by two police officers she says raped her.

The two officers say she and her boyfriend were in an "immoral position" when they apprehended them in their car on September 3. The woman has denied the allegations and filed a complaint for rape.

The case has mobilized human rights groups, who fear a rollback of women's rights under Tunisia's year-old Islamist government.

Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party, which is considered moderate, has condemned the alleged rape, but activists say the fact that the judiciary is considering charges against the victim points to a growing conservative bent.

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