Security guards removed a woman from the red carpet in Cannes ahead of the premiere of director George Miller’s new film Three thousand years of longing.
The protester wore body paint that read “stop raping us” against a background of yellow and blue – the colors of the Ukrainian flag. She also had the word “scum” written on her back.
It is reported that today (May 20) she fell fully clothed down the red carpet at the French film festival, then stripped down to her underwear and started screaming until security personnel arrived to remove them.
Corresponding a twitter post from a French activist group called “Scum”, she protested against sexual violence against Ukrainian women in the context of the war.
There are persistent reports of rape and sexual violence by Russian forces in Ukraine. In April, Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous released a statement calling for a speedy investigation into the allegations.
On May 17, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a surprise speech at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. The politician-turned-actor quoted from Charlie Chaplin’s satirical film The great dictator.
“The hatred of the people will pass away, and dictators will die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And as long as people die, freedom will never go away.”
The film festival has not yet commented on the incident, and the name of the activist is not known at this time.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/cannes-protest-ukraine-b2084003.html A Ukrainian protester was removed by security forces from Cannes after stripping on the red carpet