Ukrainian police have detained FEMEN movement activists who were holding a protest action against Aliaksandr Lukashenka visiting Euro 2012 final match in Kiev.
The masked girl took police batons; one of them having comb-over and false moustache representing the Belarusian leader. The participants were waving batons and shouted out the slogan of Euro 2012 “Create history together!”
There are six activists of FEMEN: Inna Shevchenko, Alexandra Shevchenko, Alexandra Nemchinova, Jana Zhdanova, Eugenia Krayzman and citizen of Brazil Sara Winter in the cells of Police Department of Pechersky District. The activists complain of the pain of handcuffs. Sara Winter was forbidden to call the Ambassador of Brazil in Ukraine.
FEMEN has got a score to settle with the Belarusian authorities
On December 19, 2011 three FEMEN activists disappeared in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, after protesting in front of the KGB building against the country’s long-ruling president, Aliaksandr Lukashenka. During their anti-Lukashenka protest, the topless activists chanted, “Long live Belarus!” One of them was made up as President Lukashenka. Then they were allegedly been kidnapped by Belarusian KGB officers who threatened the protesters with knives, cut their hair and then left the women alone in the woods.
December 19 is the anniversary of an unauthorized opposition rally that took place in Minsk in 2010 following presidential elections which was brutally dispersed by police, with many protesters beaten up and arrested.
Later one of the missing women, Irina Shevchenko, managed to get access to a phone. The activist told her colleagues she had been detained by the police and KGB officers at Minsk railway station, together with two other FEMEN protesters.
“We were blindfolded and put into a bus,” Shevchenko said. “Then they took us to the woods, poured oil over us, forced us to undress – threatening to set fire to us or stab us with knives. They later used those knives to cut our hair.”
Then the activists were left alone in the woods, with no clothes or documents. The girls made a long journey on foot before finding help in a small village which turned out to be deep in the Belarusian outback.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry denied detaining the FEMEN protesters.