Protester painted in Ukraine colors ejected from Cannes red carpet

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The 75th Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "Three Thousand Years of Longing" Out of Competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 20, 2022. Rose Bertram poses as a woman runs while protesting. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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CANNES, France, May 20 (Reuters) - 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 colours, with the words "STOP RAPING US" emblazoned on her abdomen and red handprints on her buttocks.

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.

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

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