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Cannes protester, film festival 2022 protest sexual violence Ukranian women

Twitter video shows the woman screaming at the top of her lungs on the red carpet.
Twitter video shows the woman screaming at the top of her lungs on the red carpet.
Security took a protester from Ukraine out of Cannes after he stripped on the red carpet.

A woman was taken off the red carpet at Cannes by security before the premiere of George Miller's new movie, Three Thousand Years of Longing.

The protester had written "Stop raping us" in body paint against the colors of the Ukrainian flag, which are yellow and blue. On her back, the word "Scum" was also written.

It is said that she showed up on the red carpet of the French film festival wearing clothes this morning (20 May). She then took off her clothes down to her underwear and started screaming until security came and took her away.

A French activist group called "Scum" said in a Twitter post that she was protesting sexual violence against Ukrainian women during wartime.

There have been many reports that Russian forces in Ukraine have raped and sexually abused people. In April, Pramila Patten, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Sima Bahous, the Executive Director of UN Women, put out a statement asking that the allegations be looked into quickly.

As part of the opening ceremony for the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a speech that was a surprise to everyone. The politician, who used to be an actor, used a line from The Great Dictator, a satirical movie by Charlie Chaplin.

"Hatred between people will end, dictators will die, and the power they stole from the people will go back to the people. And as long as people keep dying, freedom will never end."

The film festival hasn't said anything about the incident yet, and the activist's name isn't known yet either.


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