Four FEMEN activists staged a topless protest against Putin in Brussels on Friday, shouting “Putin go to hell! Democracy, democracy,” AFP reports. The Russian president was in the Belgian capital to attend an EU-Russia summit.
In a statement on its website, FEMEN said it wanted to “drive from the capital of the European Union apocalyptic dwarf Putin and warn EU about the disastrous [sic] for democracy from close contact with the Kremlin freaks.” The group added:
FEMEN calls on the leaders of the European Union to stop immediately political, economic and cultural contacts with Gazprom-Kremlin’s dictatorship. FEMEN warns eurobosses that dependence of the gas pipe will bring Europe to the economic collapse, the abolition of visas for Russians threatens Europe with cultural Armageddon, and political appeasement before Putin threatened with the Customs Union.
According to Agence France Presse, Brussels’ police detained the four activists after mere minutes.
FEMEN was founded in 2008 in Ukraine to protest gender discrimination in post-Soviet society, and the organization has since earned a global reputation for its topless protests. Members of the group demonstrated bare-breasted during the London Olympics, the Euro 2012soccer tournament in Poland and against the imprisonment of the members of the jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
FEMEN opened its Paris headquarters in September 2012.