The activist whose topless protest enraged conservative Tunisia says she wants to leave the country, but only after one more bare breasted display of defiance.
Speaking after a video interview with Amina Tyler was posted by sextremist group FEMEN on Monday, the teenager's former lawyer Bouchra Belhaj Hamida has said that she wants to leave the country.
Amina shocked the Muslim world after posting photos of herself online. The message "My body belongs to me, it's not the source of anyone's honor" was written across her bare chest, prompting a hardline religious leader to call for her to be stoned to death.
Amina's family kept her hidden and, according to the video interview posted by FEMEN, subjected her to virginity tests.
“Two old women of my family checked to see if I was virgin or not. That was horrible and against my freedom,” she said in the video. “They took me to the kitchen and said take off my clothes and we will see if you are virgin.”
“I don’t want to leave Tunisia before I do a topless protest. I will do a topless protest and then I will leave Tunisia,” Tyler added during the interview.
FEMEN activists staged a day of Topless Jihad in early April, calling on women to express solidarity with Amina by stripping down to their naked chests outside Tunisian embassies around the world. Demonstrations were held across European capitals but the call to protest remained unanswered by women across the Middle East.