A protester in a Ukrainian-themed dress covers herself in fake blood on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet before being led away by security
A protester in a dress in the colors of the Ukrainian flag staged a dramatic demonstration on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet tonight, spilling fake blood on herself before being dragged away by security.
In an apparent show of support for the war-torn country, the unidentified young woman doused herself with a red substance at the premiere of Just Philippot’s film ‘Acid’.
The woman appeared on the red carpet alongside the stars in a floor-length blue and yellow ballgown.
She then appeared to reach into her dress before pulling out a capsule of fake blood, lifting it above her head and popping it as she smiled at the cameras.
The protest came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today compared the violent destruction of parts of his country by Russian invaders to the devastation seen in Hiroshima.
The woman was pictured removing a red substance from her dress at the ‘Acid’ premiere
The protester then lifted what appeared to be a capsule of fake blood above her head
The bundle then burst over the woman’s head, releasing the fake blood onto her head
The woman was quickly whisked away by security from the red carpet event
Entirely doused in fake blood, the woman appeared unfazed as she was dragged down the red carpet
Tonight’s protest saw star-studded festival security drag the protester, who was entirely drenched in fake blood, off the mat.
It is not yet confirmed if the shocking demonstration was a condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine or why it took place during the premiere of the French director’s film, “Acide”.
A similar protest was staged by a Ukrainian man at last year’s film festival, when a woman took to the red carpet to send a damning message about the action of Vladimir Putin’s forces.
The protester crashed the red carpet fully clothed, according to reports, before stripping down to reveal she was wearing body paint that read ‘Stop raping us’.
She was also covered in a Ukrainian flag and had the word “Scum” written on her back.
The woman staged her protest at the premiere of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years Of Longing on day four of the prestigious event.
Today’s protest came as the eyes of the world were on the southern French town, which saw glamorous celebrities flock to the red carpets for the 76th annual film festival.
This year’s festival comes amid protests amid unrest across France following Emmanuel Macron’s decision to raise the retirement age.
Pictured: A protester smashes the red carpet during ‘Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia’
A protester wearing body paint that reads ‘Stop Raping Us’ in the Ukrainian’s color is pulled from the red carpet at the ‘Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia’ premiere
The Cannes police suppressed all forms of protest in the vicinity of the festival to “guarantee public order”.
The festival has always served as a backdrop for protest, but authorities are determined to root out any trouble before it has even started amid ongoing unrest over nationwide pension reforms.
Now, unusually, all demonstrations and gatherings have been banned on public roads for the duration of the Festival by the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes.