The Femen activist of about 25 years of age seized the statue shouting in English “God is woman!”. She was arrested for “resistance and for injuring a representative of public order, offenses to religious confessions, attempted theft and obscene acts in a public place.”
The topless Ukrainian woman jumped into the giant Vatican manger in St. Peter’s Square, and seized the statue of the baby Jesus shouting in English “God is woman!”, Police said Monday.
The member of FEMEN, a so-called ‘sextremist’ group, about 25 year-old, performed the action at 10H00 in the morning, that is two hours before the blessing “Urbi et Orbi” of Pope Francisco pronounced from the balcony of St. Peter ‘s Basilica in front of 50,000 people, according to a statement from the Italian police, responsible for monitoring the area.
The Ukrainian was detained for “resistance and for injuring a representative of public order, offenses to religious confessions, attempted theft and obscene acts in a public place.”
The young woman suddenly threw her bag to the ground and lifted her coat, revealing her chest, before climbing the barrier that protects the manger and throwing herself at the statuette of Jesus, the police said.
In the photos you see a policeman with a kepis and a long coat chasing the Ukrainian.
She had time to show her chest, where the hashtag #METOO is written followed by the inscription “Assaulted by Church”.
A similar incident took place on December 25, 2014 in the same place, the woman also wrote on her chest with black ink “God is woman”.
The women’s movement “Femen” started in Ukraine and have protested by baring their chests and exposing their breasts against former regime pro-Kremlin Ukrainian, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Orthodox Church.
It expanded in Europe where it attacks the Catholic Church, which it accuses of being retrograde in terms of women’s rights.