Two members of feminist activist group Femen have been arrested, after rushing the stage topless during a controversial conference near Paris on the role of Muslim women, where two fundamentalist preachers were allegedly discussing whether “women should be beaten or not.” The two protesters, aged 25 and 31, with the slogans “Nobody subjugates me” and “I am my own prophet” painted on their bare chests, took the microphones to shout feminist slogans in French and Arabic before being roughly forced from the stage. According to a spokeswoman for the group, Inna Shevchenko, men in the audience shouted death threats to the women. She later tweeted: “Thank you all for support & appreciation of our protest. Now we know it was needed. Thank you all for death threats. Now we know it was needed.” The two were released by prosecutors after questioning, but conference organizers said they would press charges against the activists.
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