Euro 2012

Ukraine - Protesters strip against Belarus leader's visit

Six members of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen held a bare-breasted protest in Kiev on Sunday against a visit by Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko to watch the Euro 2012 final.

The women stripped off their tops in front of Kiev's Olympic stadium that will host the football final, with several wearing balaclavas and brandishing rubber batons in a reference to Lukashenko's crackdowns on protesters.

One woman sported a wig and a fake moustache to make her resemble the man once described by the United States as "Europe's last dictator", who is subject to a European Union-wide travel ban over rights abuses.

Several women displayed the slogan "Respect, KGB, UEFA" scrawled on their bare chests, criticising the tournament's organisers for tolerating Lukashenko's presence.

Policemen arrest activists of Ukrainian women's movement FEMEN protesting in front of the Olympic stadium in Kiev against the UEFA and against the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to attend final match of the EURO 2012 opposing Italy to Spain on July 1, 2012. A number of Ukrainian human rights organisations have called on European leaders to pressure President Viktor Yanukovych to withdraw Lukashenko's invitation and boycott the final. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

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