Tunis - Three young European women with topless protest group Femen were arrested on Wednesday after baring their breasts in central Tunis, a first in the Arab world, an AFP journalist reported.
Standing outside the main courthouse, the women, two French and the other German, shouted: “Free Amina,” in support of a young Tunisian woman detained while protesting against hardline Islamists and awaiting trial on Thursday.
The police swiftly arrested them and took them inside the building, before a crowd of journalists.
“It is the first action that we have taken in the Arab world... I prepared this international team in Paris and they were sent yesterday (Tuesday) to Tunis,” Femen's leader in Paris, Inna Shevchenko, told AFP by phone.
Indecency in Tunisia is punishable by six months in jail.