Shevchenko added that videos posted by Tyler's family members give her reason to think they themselves may kill Tyler and then claim that her death was an
act of suicide.
What would set Shevchenko's mind at ease? "Only if Amina finds a way to contact us directly and tell us she's okay will we believe she's out of danger."
Shevchenko herself has been dealing with the fallout from Femen's Topless Jihad Day, during which she and her colleagues conducted protests across Europe,
in Brazil, and even in San Francisco to show solidarity with Tyler. "A man has posted a video online in Arabic calling for us to be beheaded for our mosque
protest." This and other threats have prompted her and other Femen members to take measures to conceal their identity when outside. (Femen's France
headquarters is located in a mostly Muslim neighborhood in Paris.)
Angry denunciations, many from Muslim women, of Femen have flooded twitter. In an open letter to Femen, a group calling itself
the Muslim Women Against Femen (MWAF) accuses Shevchenko and her cohorts of being "white colonial feminists" spewing "colonial racist rubbish disguised as
'women's liberation,'" and ends with a call to "SMASH THE WHITE SUPREMACIST CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY! POWER TO THE MUSLIMAHS!"
Shevchenko answered immediately. In a
Huffington Post (U.K. edition) blog post
, she reminded the MWAF that she was born not in the West, but "in a post-USSR country [Ukraine]. I know it's a common trait of dictatorial countries to
promote the official position of the government pretending that it's backed by the people," a clear implication that her detractors were not, in reality,
speaking freely, but had been brainwashed. She then struck a conciliatory note (well, conciliatory for Shevchenko, in any case): "So, sisters, (I prefer to
talk to women anyway, even knowing that behind them are bearded men with knives). You say to us that you are against Femen but we are here for you and for
all of us, as women are the modern slaves and it's never a question of color of skin."
She then went on the attack again, declaring that "we care when your fathers, brothers and husbands are raping and killing, when they call to stone your
sisters, we care a lot when they burn embassies and all that for Allah!" and that Femen takes aim not at religious people per se, but at "the one who are
constantly oppressing women, covering them, disrespecting them, raping them, beating them whether they are religious or not. But if they do it in name of
religion then we can do nothing but tell them their religion is worth nothing. We would never talk about Allah or Jesus and other fantasies if those
fantasies did not affect human rights."
Shevechenko flatly rejected charges of cultural imperialism. "You claim that we bring you our idea from our part of the world and you don't need it. The
idea of freedom doesn't have anything to do with nationality or color of skin. There is no set of human rights for Europeans and another for Arabs or
Americans, it's universal. And we are going to keep fighting for all of us, for our right for freedom."
She ended her address with a call for feminine solidarity. "See you on the battle lines!"
One thing is for sure: this battle, for Femen, has only begun.