Four women were arrested outside City Hall in London today, after holding a topless protest accusing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of supporting ‘bloody Islamist regimes’ with poor records on women’s rights.
The demonstrators from Ukranian feminist group, Femen, had slogans written on their bodies, such as ‘No Sharia’ and ‘Olympic Shame.’ In a statement put out via their facebook page, they said:
“Femen requires the states that apply the laws of sharia be shut out of the Olympic games, because of the inhumanity of these laws, which are in total contradiction with Olympic principles that are peace and philanthropy.
Femen accuses these states of simulating democratic changes regarding the position of women.
If the IOC keeps flirting with radical Islam, new Olympic disciplines, such as stoning or speed raping will be added to the competition.”
The group have previously hit the headlines with similar protests. Earlier in the year they held demonstrations at the Euro 2012 football tournament in Poland and Ukraine, highlighting prostitution in the host cities. In February they also clashed with police at Milan Fashion Week. They had painted ‘Fashion = Fascism’ and ‘Anorexia’ on themselves. Femen has also previously held protests against the Russian KGB and the World Economic Forum, amongst others.