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Topless protesters in Rome bare breasts against smoking

Women's group fashioned after FEMEN activists

Topless protesters in Rome bare breasts against smoking

Rome, May 31 - Three women held a 'FEMEN' style demonstration, stripping off their shirts in front of Italy's Higher Health Institute on Friday with "healthy breasts if I don't smoke" written across their chests. Ukraine-based feminist group FEMEN has gained worldwide recognition for topless protests at high-profile events and locations, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and in front of the Vatican during the conclave that elected Pope Francis. Friday's protest was staged by Italian-based feminist group Articolo 32 and was held on the International Day Against Smoking. A flier handed out by the women at the protest read "2.2 million Italians have been diagnosed with tumors, of whom the half are women and 500,000 have breast tumors. "Smoking kills one person every six seconds (around the world) and of the six million who die (yearly) from smoking-related illnesses, 600,000 are non-smokers".

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