Fifteen FEMEN France members were arrested in the French capital Thursday for protesting topless outside the Tunisian embassy as part of a worldwide "topless jihad day." The protesters gathered at the embassy on Paris' Rue Barbet de Jouy with bare chests scrawled with slogans for female liberation.
One onlooker said (in Arabic), "It is written there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger... and you would burn that?!"
The day was declared Tuesday after a Salafi preacher called for Tunisian activist, Amina Tyler to be stoned to death after she posted a semi-nude picture of herself on FEMEN Tunisia's Facebook page. Lawyers said that under the Tunisian penal code, the 19 year-old could face 6 months to 2 years in prison and a 100-1,000 Tunisian dinar fine (50 -490 euros).
The movement's French branch was set up by Inna Shevchenko, who fled Ukraine after cutting down a crucifix near Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv in August 2012. On Wednesday members of FEMEN France burnt a Salafi flag by the movement's topless members outside the Parisian Great Mosque, as "a symbol of women's fight against wild religious extremism." Founded in 2008 in Ukraine, FEMEN says they are active in 17 countries with a following of 150,000 people.