Vladimir Putin was confronted by four topless protesters during a trade fair in Hanover, Germany. And he “liked it”.
The Russian President was touring the industrial fair with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel when four women stripped down and began yelling “F*ck Dictator”. At least one of the women also had the slogan written across her torso in black ink.
The demontrators, who are thought to be members of the Ukranian-based feminist group Femen, were quickly covered up and whisked away by security officers. But not before Putin got an eyeful.
“Regarding this performance, I liked it,” grinned Putin at a joint news conference with Merkel.
Putin then laughed off the protest and thanked the demonstrators for helping promote the Hanover trade fair.
“We’ve all got used to these demonstrations and I don’t see anything terrible here,” Putin said at the conference.
However, he added:
“If someone wants to debate political questions, then it’s better to do it clothed rather than getting undressed. You should undress in other places, such as on nudist beaches.”
Good point Putin. The Kremlin, however, was less impressed. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused the protesters of “hooliganism” and said they should be punished.
Meanwhile, over in Tunisia, things aren’t looking so jovial. The Tunisian woman who appeared topless in photographs last month with the words ”my body belongs to me” and “F*ck your morals” written on her chest now fears for her life. The act, also inspired by the Ukraine-based group Femen, known for its topless protests for women’s rights, attracted worldwide attention. The 19-year-old has since received numerous death threats and fears for the safety of herself and her family.
If only the Tunisian Islamists could have “liked it” as much as Putin…