Woman Strips On Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Russian Rapes In Ukraine

Russian forces have been accused of using the rape of civilians as a weapon of war in the bloody invasion.

A protester was whisked away by security guards on Friday after she stripped on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival to protest Russian rapes in the Ukraine war.

The unidentified protester was painted with messages, including one reading: “Stop raping us” in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. As men in tuxedos and women in gowns streamed by, or watched, stunned, she began screaming, The Independent reported.

The protest unfolded just ahead of the premiere of director George Miller’s film “Three Thousand Years of Longing.”

A tweet identified her as an activist from SCUM, which appears to refer to the 1967 radical feminist SCUM Manifesto.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered an address to the festival via video link. He quoted from “The Great Dictator,” Charlie Chaplin’s film satirizing fascism.

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people,” Zelenskyy said. “And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”

He added: “Again, then as now, there is a dictator. Again, then as now, there is a war for freedom. Again, then as now, cinema must not be silent.”

He received a standing ovation.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian filmmakers at the festival were horrified by the warfare theatrics of a French fighter jet display to honor actor Tom Cruise and the film “Top Gun: Maverick,” Agence France-Press reported.

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