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Nude demo in Stockholm against Egyptian leader

Nude demo in Stockholm against Egyptian leader

Published: 20 Dec 2012 16:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Dec 2012 16:08 GMT+01:00

Egyptian activist Aliaa al-Mahdy chose Sweden for her latest feminist protest as she bared all outside her country's embassy in Stockholm despite sub-zero temperatures.

Al-Mahdy, who as part of the feminist network Femen has employed nudity as a shock tactic before, wanted to protest the new Egyptian constitution that was voted through on Saturday.

A second referendum on the document is scheduled for Friday, but it is widely expected to be adopted.

"Before the decisive day of the referendum in Egypt activists came to the Embassy of Egypt in Stockholm to support Egyptian heroes who are resisting the sharia-dictatorial draft of the constitution of the president Morsi," Femen said in a statement published on its website.

Holding a Koran in front of her privates, al-Mahdy was joined by two other women outside the embassy on the posh waterfront avenue Strandvägen in central Stockholm.

Body painting scrawled across the women's chests read "Sharia is not a constitution" and linked the apocalypse to Egyptian president, who represents the Muslim Brotherhood party, citing fears that the constitution would impede Egypt's democratic development.

Femen's website supported al-Mahdy's action, stating in an expletive-ridden text that Morsi's "last resting will be the Nile with crocodiles, not the pyramids" if he started shooting at his own people.

The nude guerrilla tactics of Femen originally started in Ukraine and the "striptivist" demonstrations have since spread.

In October, a group from Femen staged a nude protest at a German outlet of Swedish furniture giant Ikea in reaction to the company's decision to remove women from the version of its catalogue distributed in Saudi Arabia.

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17:41 December 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
Now there's a protest that I can get behind...or in front.
17:51 December 20, 2012 by krattan
How about a higher resolution image
18:02 December 20, 2012 by Migga
She has my support not only for fighting religion but also because she faced the cold naked in Sweden without a sauna nearby.
21:21 December 20, 2012 by diegoveggie
wheres the camel?
23:05 December 20, 2012 by me_i_sverige
Morsi was criticising Israel now he himself has became a dictator and Talibanising Egypt. Good politics.
14:50 December 21, 2012 by deeznotter
Once the girls in Egypt can do something like this they will finally actually have freedom instead of the farce going on there now...
08:18 December 22, 2012 by Nevets Rengaw
FEMEN are very brave. We are proud of them.
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