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Topless Femen Protesters Get Four-Month Jail Sentences In Tunisia

Femen activits demonstrate in front of the Justice Ministry in Tunis on May 29.
Femen activits demonstrate in front of the Justice Ministry in Tunis on May 29.
Three European feminists who staged a topless protest outside Tunisia's Justice Ministry last month have been sentenced to four months in prison.

The June 12 ruling against the members of the group Femen found them guilty of offending public decency and threatening public order.

Femen's leader in Paris, Inna Shevchenko, vowed that more women from the protest group would carry out topless protests in Tunisia.

She called the verdict a "political decision that confirms the dictatorial character of Tunisia."

The three women staged the anti-Islamist protest in a call for the release of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian woman arrested after allegedly scrawling "Femen" on a cemetery wall.

Sboui angered conservative Muslims and gained international notoriety by posting a topless photo of herself online to protest the treatment of women in Tunisia.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa

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