Topless breast feeding FEMEN protester removed by Vatican police

The woman had the words

  • Visitors to St Peter’s Square shocked at topless woman from the group FEMEN
  • Woman had ‘alma mater’ scrawled across chest, meaning for ‘mother feeding’
  • Display was deliberately staged on May 13 as a Mother’s Day dedication

Laura Forsyth For Mailonline

An activist of a self-proclaimed ‘sextremist’ group was caught on camera celebrating Mother’s Day – by appearing topless in Vatican City.

Visitors to St Peter’s Square looked on shocked as a mother from the group FEMEN was grabbed by police while breastfeeding her child in the middle of passing crowds.

The woman had the words ‘alma mater’ scrawled across her bare chest, which is the Latin meaning for ‘mother feeding.’ 

The woman had the words 'alma mater' scrawled across her bare chest, which is the Latin meaning for 'mother feeding'

The woman had the words 'alma mater' scrawled across her bare chest, which is the Latin meaning for 'mother feeding'

The woman had the words ‘alma mater’ scrawled across her bare chest, which is the Latin meaning for ‘mother feeding’

FEMEN have revealed that the stunt was aimed at getting Pope Francis to acknowledge the right of all mothers to be able to breastfeed whenever and wherever they want.

They also added that the display was deliberately staged on May 13 as a Mother’s Day dedication. 

Posting on their website, FEMEN said that journalists covering the event were also arrested, with police ‘illegally confiscating photos and video materials’ taken by most of them.

The sextremist group have a history of staging protests at the Vatican. 

Back in December, a topless activist from the FEMEN tried to steal baby Jesus from a nativity scene on Christmas Day. 

And the day before the group staged another protest at the Vatican, with the demonstrators bearing the words #MeToo and ‘assaulted by church’ all over their bodies.

The group was founded in Ukraine in 2008 and has become known for its topless stunts against government, religious, and other public institutions.  

After leavingUkraine in 2013, claiming it feared for the ‘lives and freedoms’ of its members, it has since branched out to a number of other countries, with its main headquarters located in Paris. 

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