Vatican City, Italy – A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to steal the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas day but was stopped by Vatican police.
The woman, who also had “God is woman” painted in black on her bare back, was seen jumping over a guardrail and charging toward the Nativity scene, according to Reuters.
The woman was later identified as Alisa Vinogradova, a “sextremist,” by a Ukraine activist group called Femen whose goal is to gain “complete victory over patriarchy,” according to its website.
Femen said its mission is “protest” and its weapons are “bare breasts.”
Authorities said Vinogradova was able to get her hands on the statue, but police caught her before she could flee. She was wearing pants and shoes, and was detained by police after a struggle.
Vinogradova screamed “God is woman” repeatedly as she was taken into custody, according to Reuters.
Police covered her with an article of clothing and carried her away from the scene.
The incident happened about two hours before 50,000 people watched Pope Francis give his Christmas message in St. Peter’s Square.
A Femen activist staged a similar action on Christmas Day in 2014 in St. Peter’s square, but that woman was able to take the statue out of the crib before she was arrested.
“FEMEN considers the anti-war policy of the Vatican a rough medieval attack on the freedom of women and their natural rights,” the group wrote on its website.
“FEMEN encourages women to follow the example of the movement and kidnap babies from religious denominations, thus, stating their right to use of their own body!”
Watch the topless activist attack the nativity scene, and get arrested, in the video below: