#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – Femen, an exhibitionist feminist activism group founded in Ukraine in 2008, has staged a protest in the Üsküdar district on Istanbul’s Asian side, which is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s constituency(HurriyetDailyNews)
Hours after announcing plans to stage a protest in one of the conservative neighbourhoods of Istanbul, two Femen members showed up in Üsküdar’s Burhaniye Elementary School. The naked activists, who wrote “Ban Erdogan” on their chests and backs, were quickly detained by police after grabbing and throwing away several ballots(HurriyetDailyNews)
FEMEN (Ukrainian: Фемен) is an exhibitionist feminist protest group founded in Ukraine in 2008. The group is now based in Paris.
The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics.
In October 2013 FEMEN had its largest membership in France (30 local activists in January 2013). In October 2012 the organization claimed it had about 40 activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who had joined their protests abroad, as well as twenty thousand of supporters via the social network Vkontakte.
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 26 – The Egyptian authorities have resorted to unprecedented measures to counter sexual assault in the country’s resorts. Egypt started revoking licenses from hotels after several cases of assault of tourists had been reported.
Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said that such hotels Sharm Holiday and Hilton Sparks Bay2 have already been blacklisted.
The minister said that two incidents with British tourists took place in these hotels, and the administration failed to take appropriate measures.
Numerous cases of sexual assault in Egyptian hotels are registered annually, and sometimes harassment is accompanied by violence and beating.
Zaazou said the Tourism Ministry intends to react to all cases of indecent behaviour toward foreign guests. The measures may range from large fines to revoking hotel’s licenses.
The situation with tourists’ security has deteriorated since 2011 Egyptian revolution. The number of rapes and sexual harassment of tourists and local women has sharply increased.
Though such crimes are punishable by long prison terms and even death in Egypt, many hotel workers and taxi drivers commit assaults.
Egyptian and Cairo News
#AceWorldNews says for the first time since official data begun in 1948 Greece posted a current account surplus of $1.65 billion last year.
The money flow changed direction, as revenues from tourism jumped 15 percent and imports slumped to a long term low.