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French court strips FEMEN of headquarters near Paris

July 01, 2014, 12:53 UTC+3
The old building belonged to the local service for wastewater treatment, but was not used for a long time
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FEMEN headquarters
© EPA/YOAN VALAT
FEMEN headquarters
© EPA/YOAN VALAT
FEMEN headquarters
© EPA/YOAN VALAT

PARIS, July 1. /ITAR-TASS/. The French justice stripped the notorious international feminist organization FEMEN of its office in Paris suburbs, local media reported on Tuesday.

During several months, FEMEN activists were based in an illegally occupied house in the city of Clichy (Hauts-de-Seine) near Paris. This old building belonged to the local service for wastewater treatment, but was not used for a long time. There, FEMEN members were living, cooking, rehearsing their acts and trained in self-defense in order to protect themselves from the police and guards during their manifestations.

The court of the city of Asnières-sur-Seine ruled to immediately oust the activists from these facilities. In addition, the ruling says that the feminist organization shall pay about €7.4 thousand towards debt repayment for electricity that was consumed during their stay in the building.

Inna Shevchenko, the leader of FEMEN, has stated that she considers this ruling as ‘harsh’ and ‘pointing to a special attitude of the authorities to FEMEN in France’. She demanded at least a week for her and the organization’s activists to leave the former headquarters and find a new home. The activists emphasize that they need to live together ‘since they are constantly attacked by different kind of extremists’.

According to Shevchenko, she is currently considering occupying ‘one of Paris’ churches or even the city hall’ for the organization’s headquarters. ‘Anne Hidalgo, while being deputy mayor, sent us a message of support when our previous headquarters were burned in July 2013. We hope that she will not be afraid to support us once more although she took the lead in Paris town hall after the election,” Shevchenko said.

FEMEN’s lawyer reported that he was studying the option of appealing the court ruling.

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