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Pope's Resignation Greeted By Flashing Breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral

Members of the activist group Femen stripped off their shirts and flashed their breasts in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Protesters from the Femen movement in Paris.
Photo Credit: Joseph Paris/Wikimedia Commons

A group of feminist activists stripped off their shirts and flashed their breasts in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

They were members of Femen, a Ukraine-based feminist group that has spread around the world and that frequently organizes topless protests. Femen has protested abortion restrictions in the Ukraine, and has also protested in support of the Russian band Pussy Riot. They have also staged anti-rape demonstrations in France.

Agence France Press reported the protesters shouted “Pope no more!” “No more homophobe” and “Bye bye Benedict!”

Visitors to the famous cathedral were none too happy with the event. “This is a sacred place, you can’t strip here,” said one French woman.

The demonstrators were dragged out by security, but remained outside to chant things like ““In gay we trust” and “Get out homophobe.”

Yesterday, in a move that took many by surprise, Benedict announced he was stepping down as pope.

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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