Femen makes tense debut in Turkey, artist withdraws support

Rift over words considered insulting to religion

30 October, 18:13

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 30 - The bare-breasted protestors of Femen, a group created in Ukraine and now present in Europe and the Middle East, made a tense debut Wednesday in Turkey.

    Femen had recently opened an office in Istanbul as well as the Twitter account '@Femen_Turkey', in which it calls itself an ''international feminist organisation'' and urges Turkish women to join their struggle against the sex industry, dictatorships and the exploitation of religion.

    Many young Turkish women joined and posted topless photos of themselves on the page, some with a Turkish flag painted on their chests.

    One of the first to do so, the artist Didem Dinc, has since decided to ''disengage'' from the group, reports Hurriyet Online. Her reaction stemmed from a tweet posted on the site: ''The Bible, Quran and Torah are all the same sh*t. We are against religious exploitation!''.''Opposing religious exploitation doesn't mean religion can be disrespected. I have no connection with the insulting tweet about religions that was sent by the @Femen_Turkey account,'' Dinc said. (ANSAmed).

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