Three Ukrainian feminists went topless in spite of the subzero chill at the Swiss ski resort of Davos in protest against the World Economic Forum. Their protest came on the last day of the annual meeting of the world's business and political leaders.
According to AFP, the three activists, at the security check-point leading to the congress hall, went topless, displaying protest slogans painted across their bodies such as "Gangster Party in Davos," "Poor Because of You," and "Crisis Made in Davos."
Irish Times reports Swiss security officers froze in amazement when the women appeared topless, wearing only jeans in the sub-zero temperature, and tried to force their way into the congress hall. Security men arrested the women when they tried to scale the security fence.
The women are members of a radical feminist group Femen. According to AFP, the favorite slogan of the group is "We Came, We Undressed, We Conquered." The activists are known to use their bare bodies in protests to draw attention to sexual exploitation of women.
Irish Times reports one of the women Inna Shevchenko, said: “If people see us today, they’ll talk about what we’re protesting against. We shake people awake and show them that something’s happening here, that people are protesting. It’s very effective.”
This is not the first time members of Femen are protesting topless. The group protested topless outside the home of the former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. AFP reports that a member of the group in November, managed to sneak past security at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Basilica and stripped in front of the Basilica after the pope's Sunday Angelus.
Femen is not the only group protesting the World Economic Forum at Davos. Strait Times reports about 50 igloo-dwelling demonstrators and 150 anti-capitalist activists staged a noisy protest outside the Davos forum on Saturday, the last day of the World Economic Forum. The Occupy WEF group living in igloos, staged a final protest after they were refused opportunity to meet with WEF chief Klaus Schwab. David Roth, Occupy WEF leader, said: “For us this isn’t about changing the existing power and property relationships. We don’t want a slice of the cake, we want the whole bakery.”
Strait Times reports the activists were kept under control by "no-nonsense" security men who served them "brief dosing of police tear gas," and by the intervention of the town mayor Hans-Pieter Michel, who blocked the street himself.
The Australian Commerce Minister Craig Emerson, drew the attention of his colleagues attending the forum to the Occupy WEF protests when he said: "Occupy World Economic Forum is not yet fully convinced of the benefits of free trade."