Femen leader in Sweden, Jenny A Wenhammar, wanted to meet me so that I realize, for her and her movement, the photo intended to deliver two strong messages related to the news:
- The first, intended for Vladimir Putin, on the occasion of the presidential election in Russia, March 18, 2018. She wishes through this photo denounce the absence of democracy in Russia, the lack of rights of women, and discrimination against LGTBs.
- The second, addressed to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey, condemning their attempted genocide against the Kurdish people in Afrin.
So she made the trip and we made this picture, with the only request to pose with “my clouds” and my style.
Femen became internationally famous by organizing actions, mostly topless with slogans written on the body, this in order to defend the rights of women, to engage in favor of democracy, and to fight against corruption or again against the influence of religions in society.
The unsensored picture:
You will find below the official statement of Femen accompanying this picture:
“FEMENISTS FIGHT ERDOGAN & PUTIN
On the 18th of March 2018 Putin sacrificed the Kurdish people in Afrin for his superpower wet dream, on the date of the 4th anniversary of his sneaky annexation of Crimea 2014 in Ukraine. On the 18th of March 2018, Putin arranged elections without a choice, and turned his blind eye to his fake democracy apprentice Erdogan in Turkey who early in the morning of this so called Russian election day, conveniently annexed Afrin in Rojava in northern Syria.
Let’s make it clear that Putin and Erdogan are eager to build their nationalist fascism based on fighting feminist values.
They fight by installing double fear, but Femen does not fear them. Femenists fight back!
Putin and Erdogan are evil twin brothers in their use of fascism to silence advocates of democracy and freedom of expression, extended
to all members of society.
They fight human rights through harassment, imprisonment and murder of free-thinking people. Hailing fear, and fearing opposition.
They extended fear to society through cultivation of conservative nationalism and religious pride, claiming that western values will
undermine Russia and Turkey.
And what frightens them the most is equality and LGBTQ-rights. Despots always fear feminism, throughout history.
On the 18th of March 1940 Hitler met his evil twin brother Mussolini in the Brenner Pass, and history does repeats itself over and over again
when psychopath authoritarian men recognize how they can use each other to expand their territory, grabbing whatever they want.
On the other side we have the opposite values; of feminism and care for living beings’ rights. Keep it clear that these are two systems at war.
The Kurdish freedom fighters with it’s brave women and men from YPJ and YPG together ending the Islamic Caliphate in the region, believe in the values of secularity and women’s rights, establishing inclusive direct democracy and a gender revolution, where ethnic minorities and the gay community are welcomed. The revolution of Rojava united socialism, feminism and even environmentalism.
When Erdogan cracked down at the uprise in Gezi Park 2013 it should have been clear to the world what was to come, from bad to worse.
Now after the coup Turkey’s regime locks up more journalists than any other government on Earth, and as Erdogan expands his sunni caliphate the relationship between Turkey and jihadism is undeniable.
The repeated Kurdish genocides, recently committed by ISIS, are continued by Erdogan, condoned by Putin.
Putin has betrayed the Kurds, and so has the world, as has the world neglected Russia waging a horrendous air campaign in Syria on behalf of Assad’s forces, since 2015. And Erdogan has thrived from his payed position stopping refugees from fleeing into Europe.
Both Putin and Erdogan gain power by a wavering West, and for Putin a Turkish conflict with NATO is a plus.
So when Turkey two months ago launched an air and ground offensive called “Olive Branch” against Kurdish controlled Afrin, even if US troops
have fought with the Kurds against ISIS, Putin withdrew the Russian air umbrella protecting Afrin, giving an obvious approval.
Putin condoned ethnical cleansing on the day of his electoral fake victory where voters were forced to choose him for six more years of dictatorship.
This destabilizes the relations with Assad and Rouhani, but is apparently preferred by Putin in order to harm stability in the European Union
and transatlantic relationships.
Here Putin and Erdogan stand hand in hand – happy twin homophobes united in preventing any drift westward.
For they are as horny for power as they are scared of feminism.
FEMINISM IS THE FUTURE, AND WE ARE READY TO FIGHT FOR IT!“