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Anti-Euro '12? Strip down to drive home a point!

A Ukrainian women's rights activist stripped to the waist and seized the Euro-2012 soccer trophy while it was on public display in Kiev on Saturday in a protest against the exploitation of women during the forthcoming championship.

sports Updated: May 13, 2012 01:21 IST

A Ukrainian women's rights activist stripped to the waist and seized the Euro-2012 soccer trophy while it was on public display in Kiev on Saturday in a protest against the exploitation of women during the forthcoming championship.

The young woman, 23-year-old Yulia Kovpachik, strode up to the silver trophy, which was on display as a tourist attraction in central Kiev.

But she then pulled down her red T-shirt to reveal the words "F**k Euro 2012" scrawled on her chest. As she grabbed hold of the cup, she was seized by security guards, who appeared to have had warning of the protest.

They covered her with a sheet and took her off to a waiting police car.

The protest appeared to be the first action in a campaign against the championship by Femen, a Kiev-based women's rights group to highlight what it sees as political injustice, social abuse and the exploitation of women in Ukraine.