Semi-naked protester painted in Ukraine colours removed from Cannes red carpet

WATCH: A protester painted in the colours of the Ukrainian flag and the words "Stop Raping Us" across her breasts interrupted the Cannes red carpet on Friday, shouting the same words on her chest as festival music continued to play during the event. (Warning: This video contains nudity. Discretion is advised.)

The Ukraine crisis grabbed the spotlight in Cannes on Friday as a semi-naked protester painted in blue and yellow was ejected from the red carpet.

The unidentified woman ripped off her gown revealing the Ukrainian flag colors, with the words “STOP RAPING US” emblazoned on her abdomen and red handprints on her buttocks.

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The woman shouted and security officials quickly wrapped her in a jacket, removing her from the event. Guests looked bemused and the swinging festival music played on.

The brief protest took place at the world premiere of “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” with stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton poised to arrive and walk the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals.

(Reporting by Mindy Burrows and Mimosa Spencer; Editing by Richard Chang)

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