The two Femen activists accused of desecration of religious feeling, Ana Urbina and Charlotte Cánovas, have been acquitted by a court of first instance of Madrid. The militant group's feminist chained themselves to the naked torso to the main altar of the Almudena Cathedral at 9.00 from the June 13, 2014 in a protest in favor of abortion.
The ruling notes that the processed with your protest in the interior of the cathedral defended an idea, "the right to abortion."
The accused, with the torso naked, climbed on the pedestal of the cross of the high altar of the cathedral and chained themselves, "with the intention that can only be evicted with the breaking of the chains, preventing Neyine that the same could be done immediately," collect the judgment. On her torso were written the expressions “Altar to an abortion”, “Gallardon inquisitor”, “illegal abortion” or “let's take the altar” and cried out expressions such as “altar to an abortion”, “illegal abortion, let's take the altar”, “abortion is sacred” and “freedom to abort”.
The private prosecution, brought by the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers has appealed before the Provincial court of Madrid judgment and have warned that will take the case to Strasbourg if necessary". The president of the organization, Poland Castellanos, has underlined that "if they acquitted [the activists] it is shown that any act of desecration will be always with impunity", reports Europa Press. In addition, he has criticized that "the double standard that is being applied in some instances leads to the absurdity of condemning someone to pay 70,000 euros for a poem questionably offensive as an assault on the main church of Madrid goes unpunished as freedom of expression."