The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is an independent, invitation-only conference “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
Not invited were members of Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN. But they showed up anyway, braving freezing temperatures to do their signature topless, screaming, and headline-grabbing protest.
They give this account (from an unknown news source):
Three topless Ukrainian protesters were detained Saturday while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders to call attention to the needs of the world’s poor.
After a complicated journey to reach the heavily guarded Swiss resort town of Davos, the women arrived at the entrance to the congress center where the World Economic Forum takes place every year.
With temperatures around freezing in the snow-filled town, they took off their tops and climbed a fence before being detained.
Davos police spokesman Thomas Hobi said the three women were taken to the police station and their papers were checked. They were told that they weren’t allowed to demonstrate, and will be released later, he said.
Swiss law enforcement certainly treated them better than the Belarusian secret police.
Are they exploiting their bodies, and themselves, for attention? Absolutely. This movement relies on the instant interest their breasts create online. They are these women’s communication medium of choice. That’s why they never go anywhere without photographers and videographers.
You can see all 50 of the protest photos on Google+.
There are more videos at their Livejournal.