Woman storms Cannes red carpet to protest against sexual violence in Ukraine

Women protesters protesting sexual harassment of women in Ukraine were forced off the Cannes red carpet on Friday.

Women protesters were forced to be removed from the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival on Friday after protesting against sexual harassment of women in Ukraine, which surprised many celebrities in attendance. In the videos of the incident posted online, a woman can be seen in a semi-nude state, with the color reaching the red carpet on the underside of her body before the guards take her. The prestigious film festival has been taking place in southern France since May 17. Also Read: Hina Khan ‘Disheartened’ For Not Inviting India Pavilion At Cannes

According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, eyewitnesses say the woman untied all her clothes and screamed in front of the photographers who were sitting there. Security guards rushed to her and found her covered with a coat.

Protesters had painted her body in the colors of the Ukrainian flag and the words “Stop raping us” on her chest and stomach. The woman had blood-red on her lower back and legs, with a ‘scum’ written on her back.

The event took place in the premiere of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. Directors and stars were reportedly in attendance when the issue took place.

75th Cannes Film Festival - Film screening "Three thousand years of yearning" Out of competition - Red carpet arrivals - Cannes, France, May 20, 2022. A woman protests with her bare chest in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.  Writing on her chest is as follows: "Stop raping us".  REUTERS / Eric Gaillard (REUTERS)
75th Cannes Film Festival – Exhibition of “Three Thousand Years of Longing” – Red Carpet Arrival – Cannes, France, May 20, 2022. A woman with her bare chest painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Writing on her chest: “Stop raping us.” REUTERS / Eric Gaillard (REUTERS)

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious cinema events in the world, held annually in Cannes, France. The festival will see the premieres and screenings of some of the biggest and most critically acclaimed films from around the world. The eight-member jury decides the top prizes in the competitive category from various films. This year, at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Deepika Padukone is part of the festival’s jury.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there have been numerous reports of Russian soldiers sexually abusing Ukrainian civilians since Russian military operations began in Ukraine earlier this year.

Prior to this, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky was seen at the festival’s inauguration via a live satellite video address. Speaking passionately, he called on the filmmakers to ‘face the dictators’.

(With ANI inputs)

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