Amina Tyler Arrested in Tunisia

Amina Tyler, the brave young woman who shocked the country of Tunisia by posting topless photos of herself with the message “my body is my own” to protest the abuse and oppression of women in traditionalist Muslim societies, has been found and arrested by police in that country.

After months of reportedly going into hiding, the outspoken Tunisian feminist who sparked a trend of “topless jihad” has been found and arrested by Tunisian authorities earlier this week and may be charged for conducting “provocative acts.”

Amina Tyler, 19, was found in the midst of police scuffles with hardline Salafist group Ansar al-Shariah in the central Tunisian city of Kairouan on Sunday.

Tyler previously described herself as a member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, which uses nudity in protests.

Witnesses said she allegedly scrawled “Femen” on the wall near the main mosque and may have intended to hang a banner on the building before an angry crowd gathered and started shouting at her to leave, according to The Associated Press.

Video posted by the Tunisian online Nawaat news site shows Tyler, with dyed blonde hair, clutching a banner and being hustled away by police and put into a van as residents chased her.

A local resident shouts at the camera: “She is dishonoring us. We will protect our town, but a dirty girl like her shouldn’t come among us.”

No, she isn’t dishonoring you. You’re doing that yourself.


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  • jaytheostrich

    Well, since the idea is provocation, she’s doing it right!

  • “She is dishonoring us”

    Apparently doesn’t know what honor is.

  • Ichthyic

    I saw a blurb on this at the end of an unrelated story in the news last week and asked around, but nobody knew anything. Sad to see it has now been confirmed.

  • Matrim

    @2 > Show me your honor–my honor demands it!


  • Matrim

    On a more serious note, this is worrisome. I can only wish that she is well treated, but I have little faith in that scenario. I just hope that her actions amount to something, and that change follows in her wake.