TUNIS, Tunisia – A 19-year-old Tunisian who bared her breasts and taunted Muslim hard-liners says that she fears for her life and wants to take refuge abroad.
The Ukraine-based group Femen, which stages pranks for women's and gay rights, apparently inspired the bold act of the woman known only as Amina. The group held an International Topless Jihad day last Thursday in support of Muslim women, including Amina.
Amina went into hiding after reportedly receiving death threats. But she reappeared in an interview broadcast Saturday with the French cable TV station Canal Plus at her refuge in a village hours from the Tunisian capital.
She told Canal Plus that "I must leave Tunisia."
Amina said she fears for her life in her homeland, but will keep her Femen principles "until I'm 80."