Monday 27 February 2017

Anti-poverty protesters lose their shirts at Davos summit

Three topless Ukrainian protesters, were detained yesterday while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders to call attention to the needs of the world's poor.

After a complicated journey to reach the heavily guarded Swiss resort town of Davos, the women arrived at the entrance to the centre where the World Economic Forum takes place every year.

With temperatures around freezing in the snow-filled town, they took off their tops and climbed a fence before being detained. "Crisis! Made in Davos," read one message painted across a protester's torso, while others held banners that said "Poor, because of you".

Davos police spokesman Thomas Hobi said the three women were taken to the police station and their papers were checked. They were told that they weren't allowed to demonstrate, and will be released later, he said. The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests.

"We came here to Switzerland to Davos to explain the position of all poor people of the world, to explain that we are poor because of these rich people who now sit in the building," said protester Inna Schewcenko.

Protesters from the Occupy movement, which started with protests against practices on Wall Street, held a separate demonstration in Davos.

A small group of protesters are camped in igloos in Davos to call for more help for the needy.

Sunday Independent

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