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Saturday 19 April 2014

Topless protesters detained in Ukraine during demonstration against Belarusian President

Riot police detain an activist from women's rights group FEMEN during a demonstration against the regime of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, outside the building where Lukashenko is staying at during his visit, in Kiev June 18, 2013. Lukashenko arrived in Ukraine on Monday for a two-day visit.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT
Riot police detain an activist from women's rights group FEMEN during a demonstration against the regime of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, outside the building where Lukashenko is staying at during his visit.

TOPLESS protesters from Ukrainian group Femen were dispersed by police in Kyiv overnight as they attempted to storm the hotel the Belarusian president was staying at during a visit.

Femen, who call themselves ‘sextremists’, were set up in 2008 to protest women’s rights issues – however have since expanded to protest other political issues.

Their latest target was the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed the last dictator in Europe, who is on a two day official state visit to Ukraine.

The group burnt torches and chanted during the protest, while they had slogans such as ‘Viva Belarus’ and ‘Dictator, Get Out!’ printed on their bodies.

Femen claims their protest was to highlight the plight of journalists in Belarus, many of who they claim have disappeared after criticising the President.

The group also claims hundreds of journalists and political opposition figures are being held in prison camps.

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