- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2011

KIEV, UKRAINE (AP) - Ukrainian women’s rights activists have staged a topless demonstration at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium to protest what they say are attempts to legalize prostitution during the 2012 European Championship.

Five members of the Femen group chanted slogans and displayed banners criticizing tournament organizer UEFA.

Femen spokeswoman Inna Shevchenko says UEFA is “trying to influence our government” to legalize prostitution during the June 8-July 1 tournament. UEFA is making the draw Friday.

Kiev police arrived at the gates of the downtown stadium and dragged the women into a police vehicle.


Femen has established an international reputation for staging semi-naked protests in Ukraine and abroad.