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Topless feminists in Swedish mosque protest

Published lördag 29 juni 2013 kl 15.38
Femen activists taken away by police. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Scanpix.

Three young women from the Ukrainian women's rights group, FEMEN, stormed into the mosque on Södermalm in Stockholm, Saturday morning, and staged a topless demonstration with slogans such as "No sharia in Egypt and the world" and "My body is mine, not somebody's honour".

Employees from the mosque, which was largely empty, called the police who responded by sending several patrol cars, reports news agency TT. A while later, the bare chested women, reportedly from Tunisia, Egypt and Sweden, were led out into a police van.

"They're suspected of disorderly conduct and abuse," police commander Jonas Svalin told reporters, saying that the mosque employees had accused the women of shoving them.

FEMEN is originally a Ukrainian women's group that describes itself as "fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations - sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion". They have staged a number of topless protests in several European cities in recent years.

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