An activist, member of the self-proclaimed “sextremist” group was caught on camera celebrating Mother’s Day by appearing topless in Vatican city.
A mother from the group FEMEN shocked the visitors of St Peter’s Square when she was grabbed by the police while breastfeeding her child in the middle of the crowds. The words ‘alma mater’ were scrawled across her bare chest, which is the Latin meaning of ‘mother feeding’.
The stunt was aimed at getting Pope Francis to acknowledge the right of all mothers to be able to breastfeed their children wherever and whenever they need to, as FEMEN reveals.
The display was deliberately staged on May 13, as a dedication to Mother’s Day.
FEMEN posted on their website that the journalists who were covering the event were also arrested, and the police ‘illegally confiscated their photos and video materials’.
The FEMEN group has a history of staging protests at the Vatican.
A topless FEMEN activist tried to steal baby Jesus from a nativity scene on Christmas Day, and the day before the group had staged another protest at the Vatican, with the demonstrators bearing the words #MeToo and “assaulted by church” all over their naked bodies.
The group was founded in 2008 in Ukraine, and it’s known for their topless stunts against governments, churches and other public institutions.
FEMEN has branched out to many other countries since leaving Ukraine in 2013, and their main headquarters are now located in Paris.