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Women activists “left naked in forest by police”

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Summary of story from the Mail Online, December 21, 2011

Three women have accused police in Minsk of stripping them naked and leaving them in a forest after they were arrested while taking part in a topless protest recently.

The women, from feminist group FEMEN, had been protesting the first anniversary of President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election.

According to the feminist group, the women, who were protesting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk were blindfolded, taken to a forest, covered in oil and forced to strip. They were then threatened with being set on fire. Their hair was cut with a knife.

The women managed to walk to a small town to seek help.

A BBC report claims that the incident was recorded.

The feminist group said on their website that they regularly staged topless protests (see WVoN coverage) and said on their website their aim was to ‘unite young women’ on the principles of social awareness and activism, intellectual and cultural development.’

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