The three European Femen activists who a staged a topless protest in Tunis last month were convicted this afternoon and sentenced to a four-month imprisonment for “offending public decency and threatening pubic order.”
Two of these Femen activists are French and were identified by Femen as Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern. The third is a German named Josephine Markmann.
The activists’ trial today was a resumption of one that began last week. They were arrested after staging a topless protest in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice courthouse on May 29 in support of Tunisian Femen activist Amina Sboui, who was at the time charged with carrying an “incendiary object.”
Femen activists in Spain, France, and Turkey have staged a series of topless protests in front of Tunisian embassies and consulates in support of Sboui.
Amina Sboui, also known as Amina Tyler, was the first Tunisian to post topless pictures of herself online as part of the Femen campaign. She was arrested in the city of Kairouan last month after painting the word “Femen” on the wall of a cemetery. Amina was convicted of possessing an illegal gas spray and was fined. She still faces serious charges of offending public decency, forming an accord with Femen, and desecrating a cemetery.