I call this unusual rally an extreme feminist protest by some intellectual ladies with Iron fists against the unjust Islamic codes towards womanhood, you go women! [DID]
A number of Arab and Iranian women staged an unusual protest in the Louvre Art Museum’s Square to call for equality and secularism on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, March 08, 2014. Tunisian activist Amina al-Souboui, Egyptian Alia al-Mahdi and five other Arab and Iranian women demonstrated fully naked and called, in French, for freedom, equality and secularism. Protest organizer Safia Lebdi says the demonstration was connected to International Women’s Day. She says the women waved flags of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Iran to highlight the many legal and cultural restrictions imposed on women in the Muslim world.
The females’ protest was even bolder than that of Femen activists, who only protest topless. French Police officers were lenient toward the women and allowed them to cricle the art museum’s pyramids. They even refrained from asking the crowds who gathered around them to disperse until after the protesters covered their bodies and started talking to the press. “I am terrified at the Islamists’ behavior in Arab countries,” Souboui said.
Maryam Namazie who is an Iranian political activist, campaigner and Spokesperson for Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation participated in the nude protest. In freethoughtblogs site she wrote the followings:
“On, 8 March, International Women’s Day, Amina Sboui, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Solmaz Vakilpour, Safia Lebdi, Meriam Russel and myself protested nude in support of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa at the Louvre in Paris.
I didn’t want to just hold the Islamic regime of Iran’s flag so I cut out the Allah in the centre of the flag and let it show my vagina instead. Much better, don’t you think?
We were arrested when 100 police converged on the area and took us away. We were released after several hours. I managed to catch my Eurostar train 1 minute before it took off with the help of Waleed Al Husseini wearing “Free the Nipple” t-shirt Amina gave us each.”
Long live International Women’s Day…