Friday, August 17, 2012

Uncencored Video: FEMEN Cuts Cross In Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko on Facebook
August 17, 2012 - VIDEOS BELOW - There are a number of videos going around today that shows Inna Shevchenko of Ukrainian protest gorup FEMEN cutting down a large wooden cross with a chainsaw in Kiev, Ukraine today. Most are censored, but we found two uncensored versions  (watch them below). 

Shevchenko, wearing nothing above her waist, cut down a four-meter high wooden cross bearing the figure of Jesus Christ. "The cross," reports Reuters, was "erected in 2005 on a hilltop looking down on the city centre" and "served as a memorial to the victims of Stalinist repression and the famine of the 1930s. Two other activists used ropes to direct the fall of the cross."

Predictably, local police have opened a criminal case against FEMEN. According to a report at KyivPost, no arrests have yet been made, but "Kyiv's main police office told Interfax-Ukraine that the case was opened under Part 2 of Article 296 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine."  Watch for that story to make huge headlines, which could possibly eclipse the Pussy Riot coverage that we've seen so far.

Shevchenko cuts in. Photo:
The FEMEN action was taken in support of Russian punk bank "Pussy Riot," who were sentenced to two years in a Russian prison today. FEMEN is known for not wearing anything above their waists, and Shevchenko was true to the protocol. The group usually protests sex tourism in Ukraine, but they also lend their voice to other causes.  

Video #1 below documents the preparation for the chainsaw action, then the ride to the site where the cross was cut down. It was probably made by FEMEN. It is of interest that the woman who toppled the cross first crossed herself. (It is my own opinion that the cross cutting was not an anti-Christian act, but was instead an anti-Church act.) Video #2 is an uncensored version of a news video by Russia Today (RT).

For the weak of heart, here is a censored version at YouTube. Those of you who are not offended by the sight of a woman's reality are invited to proceed to the uncensored versions below.

VIDEO #1: "Free riot" Source:
"FEMEN expressed support and respect to Russian colleagues from the Group Pussy riot. In a sign of solidarity with the victims of the Putins regime Femen activists Inna Shevchenko piled a monument cross on the Maidan of independence with a chainsaw. Femen demand from church to stop support the dictatorship and hinder the development of democracy and freedom of women."

VIDEO #2:  (Russia Today) "FEMEN cut down the cross in Kiev in support Pussy Riot" ("FEMEN спилили крест в Киеве в поддержку Pussy Riot") Video via YouTuber gooverup