Two charged in topless protest at Russian Embassy in Sweden

Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two women are charged with trespassing after a topless protest in support of gay rights at Stockholm's Russian embassy, court records show.

The unidentified women, one Swedish and one Egyptian, are members of the feminist movement Femen, and targeted the embassy for protest during Stockholm's Gay Pride festival in August. They staged a similar protest outside a Stockholm mosque in June, the Swedish news website TheLocal.se reported Monday.

Femen activists across Europe have gained notoriety for staging topless protests at sports events in Poland and Ukraine, as well as a nude demonstration at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral to mark the end of the tenure of Pope Benedict XVI, TheLocal.se said.

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