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Women go topless to protest Euro 2012 law

Members of a Ukrainian women’s rights group went topless on Tuesday to protest a government plan to beautify apartment balconies in cities set to host Euro 2012 football games. Activists from the Ukrainian female rights organisation Femen braved temperatures five degrees below freezing and hold a protest rally on a balcony of a building on the city main street Kreschatik in Kiev, February 1, 2011, according to realitatea.net.

The women protested against the initiative of the city authorities to make local residents, who live less than 1500 metres (4921 feet) away from the Olympic stadium, which will host matches of Euro 2012, tidy up their balconies and prohibit people from appearing on their balconies while wearing underclothing.
“Our balcony is our castle!” and “We want to walk on our balcony in our negliges!” were among the slogans chanted by the young women to reporters and photographers. The protest came in response to a Kiev city initiative made public on Monday, suggesting the national government ban of the use of apartment building balconies for drying laundry or for storage of personal property. “We (the Kiev city government) will need to spend huge funds for lighting homes. But this leaves some Uncle Vasya in his underpants on the balcony, where people hang wash basins, sleds, skis, and dirty clothes – and we hardly want all this ‘beauty’ highlighted,” said Sergey Tselovalnik, a Kiev city official, at a Euro 2012 planning meeting.

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