A woman stripped down at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20 to reveal the message "Stop Raping Us" in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag to protest Russian rapes. (Photo: VALERY HACHE via Getty Images)
A protester was whisked away by security guards on Friday after she stripped on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival to protest Russian rapes in the Ukraine war.
The unidentified protester was painted with messages, including one reading: “Stop raping us” in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. As men in tuxedos and women in gowns streamed by, or watched, stunned, she began screaming, The Independent reported.
The protest unfolded just ahead of the premiere of director George Miller’s film “Three Thousand Years of Longing.”
A tweet identified her as an activist from SCUM, which appears to refer to the 1967 radical feminist SCUM Manifesto.
Une activiste SCUM s'introduit sur le tapis rouge du festival de #Cannes2022 pour dénoncer les violences sexuelles infligées aux ukrainiennes dans le contexte de la guerre.#cannes2022redcarpetpic.twitter.com/cGEJDghD2k
— SCUM (@scum_officiel) May 20, 2022
There have been reports of legions of rapes and other sexual violence committed against Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces as a weapon of war.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month that the particularly disturbing horrors in the town of Bucha were “not the random act of a rogue unit” but a “deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities.”
“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people,” Zelenskyy said. “And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”
He added: “Again, then as now, there is a dictator. Again, then as now, there is a war for freedom. Again, then as now, cinema must not be silent.”
He received a standing ovation.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian filmmakers at the festival were horrified by the warfare theatrics of a French fighter jet display to honor actor Tom Cruise and the film “Top Gun: Maverick,” Agence France-Press reported.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.