Tunisian Amina quits Femen, accuses group of Islamophobia

Tunisian Amina quits Femen, accuses group of Islamophobia
Updated 21 August 2013

Tunisian Amina quits Femen, accuses group of Islamophobia

Tunisian Amina quits Femen, accuses group of Islamophobia

TUNIS: Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist who was detained for nearly three months, said on Tuesday she had left the radical women’s protest group Femen, accusing it of Islamophobia.
“I do not want my name to be associated with an Islamophobic organization,” she told the Maghreb edition of the Huffington Post.
“I did not appreciate the action taken by the girls shouting ‘Amina Akbar, Femen Akbar’ in front of the Tunisian Embassy in Paris,” Sboui said. Amina also criticized the burning of the black Tawhid flag, which affirms the oneness of God, in front of a mosque in Paris. “That offends many Muslims and many friends of mine. We must respect everyone’s religion,” she added.
The Femen protests took place as Sboui was being held in pre-trial detention for painting the word “Femen” on a cemetery wall in protest at a planned meeting of Salafists in May in of Kairouan.
She was finally released at the beginning of August pending her trial for desecrating a cemetery.
The young woman also criticized the lack of financial transparency of Femen, the movement founded in Ukraine and now based in Paris, which has become famous for its topless protests against dictatorship in support of women’s rights.
“I don’t know how the movement is financed. I asked (Femen leader Inna Shevchenko) several times, but I didn’t get a clear answer. I don’t want to be in a movement supported by suspect money. What if it is financed by Israel? I want to know.”