Naked Ukraine protest on Cannes red carpet

'Stop raping us' message to Russia from female activist

by Richard Mowe

George Miller arrives for his Cannes screening in the wake of red carpet protest
George Miller arrives for his Cannes screening in the wake of red carpet protest Photo: Richard Mowe
The war in Ukraine erupted on to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet screening of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years Of Longing when a female protester stripped down to her underwear to reveal the colours of the Ukrainian flag across her body with the words “Stop Raping Us”.

She was quickly covered up by security guards although she had managed to evade their attentions up to this point by covering up her blood red body paint.

She screamed at the top of her voice and was revealed in full flood by video footage of the incident. By the time she was removed she was wearing only her panties, revealing the word “Scum” scrawled across her lower back.

Miller, who was last in Cannes with Mad Max Fury Road, did not appear with Three Years Of Longing stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, until the protester had been removed.

The radical feminist activist organisation posted on Twitter that “This activist exposed the war rapes and sexual torture committed on Ukrainian women by Russian soldiers.”

There has been no reaction so far from the Festival organisers.

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