International Topless Jihad Day: Feminist Activists Protest Across Europe

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Topless protesters staged demonstrations near mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe to express support for embattled FEMEN activist Amina Tyler.

The Thursday event was dubbed International Topless Jihad Day.

FEMEN member Alexandra Shevchenko said in Berlin, Germany:

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"We're free, we're naked, it's our right, it's our body, it's our rules, and nobody can use religion, and some other holy things, to abuse women, to oppress them."

"And we'll fight against them. Boobs will be stronger than stones."

The protests stem from when Tunisian student Amina Tyler sparked a massive controversy in mid-March by posting topless photos of herself on Facebook.

Photos of herself featured the slogans "Fuck Your Morals" and "My Body Belongs To Me, And Is Not The Source Of Anyone’s Honor," painted on her body.

Islamist hackers responded with an attack on FEMEN's Tunisian Facebook Fan Page, replacing topless photos with quotes from the Quran instead.

An Islamic preacher even stated that Tyler should be stoned.

Thus, in support of Tyler's plight, feminist activists from FEMEN labeled April 4 "International Topless Jihad Day" and organized protests across Europe.

"Long live the topless jihad against the infidels! Our tits will be deadlier than your stones!" the group wrote in a statement on its Facebook page.

"This day will mark the beginning of a new, genuine Arab Spring, after which true freedom, freedom without mullahs and caliphs, will come to Tunisia!"

Two dozen activists showed up in Paris, FEMEN's global headquarters. The 24 women tried to reach the Tunisian embassy but were deterred by police.

Five activists gathered near an Islamic cultural center in Brussels, Belgium, with other similar protests reported in Italy, the Ukraine and beyond.

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