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A Topless FEMEN Protester Was Arrested Outside The Courthouse Following The Ghomeshi Verdict

She was yelling "Ghomeshi guilty!"

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A topless FEMEN protester was arrested by police outside the courthouse Thursday following the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi trial.

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The protester interrupted a press conference with chants of "Ghomeshi guilty!" and was dragged away by police. She had the message "Women declare Ghomeshi guilty" written on her back.

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Jian Ghomeshi was found not guilty of sexual assault against three complainants earlier in the day.

There were many other protesters outside the courthouse with signs about believing sexual assault survivors.


FEMEN Canada confirmed the protester was one of the group's members.

Demonstrator at Ghomeshi decision removed by police

"FEMEN condemns the historical phallocracy of the justice system that continuously privileges men, forcing women to 'prove' they have been abused and to expose their intimacies," the group said in a statement on its Facebook page.

"This was the trial of women’s attitudes and experiences of sexual assault, not the trial of the crime and the aggressor!"

Police arrest protester outside #Ghomeshi trial. Chanting “we believe survivors”

FEMEN Canada, which is especially active in Quebec, has previously demonstrated at the Quebec National Assembly.

Based on very brief view of her face, I think this might be the nude #Ghomeshi protester. Very active with Femen.


The protester was not charged.

Update on the woman arrested outside Old City Hall after #Ghomeshi verdict: police say she was released without any charges laid.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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