A feminist protester has infiltrated the Cannes festival to protest against ‘rape’ in Ukraine
A topless activist walked the red carpet in Cannes on Friday, protesting alleged sexual violence against Ukrainian women in the ongoing conflict between Kyiv and Moscow. The incident took place before the screening of the film “Three Thousand Years Of Longing” by George Miller.
The activist, who had apparently posed as one of the guests, walked the red carpet before abruptly removing her dress, footage from the scene shows. She wore only underwear stained red, with the colors of the Ukrainian flag and the words “Stop raping us” painted on his chest and stomach. The screaming protester was quickly swarmed by security and taken away.
Radical feminist group SCUM claimed responsibility for the stunt, saying on Twitter that the performance was intentional “to denounce the sexual violence inflicted on Ukrainian women during the war”.
Although little is known about the group behind the protest, their name is an obvious nod to the 1960s. “SCUM Manifesto” by Valerie Solanas, a radical American feminist. The identity of the activist who crashed the red carpet was not immediately revealed, and it’s unclear if she will face any repercussions for her stunt.
Since Moscow launched a large-scale operation against Ukraine, kyiv officials have repeatedly accused Russia of committing “crimes.”
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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