As any beautiful woman will tell you, being a beautiful woman has its distinct advantages. FEMEN activist, Julia Kovpachik, managed to get on stage of the Euro 2012 commencement ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine by using her beauty and charm on a group of unsuspecting men guarding the chalice. Julia made her way onstage, removed her top bearing the phrase « Fuck Euro 2012 » on her chest, then she toppled the trophy … after which she was quickly tackled and removed from the premises.
This isn’t the first, nor the last, FEMEN protest against UEFA’s Euro 2012. FEMEN are greatly opposed to anything that would even hints at Ukraine becoming a sex tourism spot. Euro 2012 has been protested by FEMEN here and even here (there are many many more too). FEMEN has always been opposed to prostitution and their Ukraine is Not a Brothel protests have gained worldwide recognition.
Julia Kovpachik’s was arrested on Saturday and taken to jail, awaiting preliminary trial today. There is yet no word on FEMEN’s blog regarding her fate, but the fact that she managed to topple the trophy can’t possibly sit well with organizers or government officials. Interestingly enough, Saturday was Julia’s 23rd birthday, which just goes to show how committed FEMEN activists are to their cause. I find it difficult to believe that FEMEN will ever be stopped, every time an activist is arrested it seems 5 more come to join the ranks.
All images and videos are taken from FEMEN’s blog. Great job, FEMEN … you make a Ukrainian proud.