TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A 19-year-old Tunisian who bared her breasts and taunted Muslim hard-liners said this weekend that she now fears for her life and wants to take refuge abroad.
The woman known only as Amina appeared in photos on Facebook last month with the words “My body belongs to me” scrawled on her bare chest, a particularly bold act in a Muslim country led by a moderate Islamist party, Ennahda.
Amina’s act was inspired by the Ukraine-based group Femen, which stages bare-breasted protests for women’s and gay rights. The group held an International Topless Jihad day last Thursday in support of Muslim women, including Amina.
Amina went into hiding after reportedly receiving death threats, prompting wild rumors over her whereabouts, including that she had been interned in a psychiatric hospital. But she reappeared in an interview broadcast Saturday with the French cable TV station Canal Plus in a village hours from the Tunisian capital where she’s been hiding.
She told Canal Plus that she “must leave Tunisia.”
“I’m afraid for my life and the lives of my family,” she said, adding that she doesn’t think it possible to return to school in Tunisia and wants to study journalism abroad.
Amina made an earlier TV appearance with a private Tunisian channel, in mid-March, her face blurred. She insisted her action had not aimed to provoke. “We Femen, we have the courage to cry out our demands to liberate women,” she said at the time.
Amina told Canal Plus that though she fears for her life in her homeland, she will keep her Femen principles “until I’m 80.”
Monday's decision by the Hoover Board of Education to rescind its decision to cut bus service for the 2014-2015 school year was well received by many.
A Montgomery judge has scheduled a trial June 3 over whether the state government can keep the cash and destroy the gambling machines seized in a raid of VictoryLand casino in Macon County.
It's time for the December sky show. The annual Geminids meteor shower -- the most intense of the year -- will peak Friday night.
Tablet computers are expected to top many kids' holiday lists, but parents need to do their homework first.
What does a boll weevil and Bernard Madoff have in common? Find out in today’s This Day in History.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been named Home Depot Coach of the Year.
Mobile's AJ McCarron, University of Alabama's quarterback, is one of the six finalists for the Heisman trophy. His mom, Dee Dee Bonner, and former coach at St. Paul's Episcopal School couldn't be more happy.
Briarwood's annual "Walk Through Nativity" is set to get underway Wednesday December 11th, 2013.