Tunisian Feminist Faces 6 Months in Prison

FILE - This recent image from video provided by CAPA and Canal+ television on Monday April, 8, 2013 shows Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler . Outspoken Tunisian feminist Amina Tyler who scandalized the country by posting topless photos of herself online has been arrested and may be charged for conducting "provocative acts" at a religious center where police prevented hardline Islamists from holding their annual conference, the Interior Ministry said Monday May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Benoit Chaumont and Akim Rezgui/ CAPA/Canal+)
FILE - This recent image from video provided by CAPA and Canal+ television on Monday April, 8, 2013 shows Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler . Outspoken Tunisian feminist Amina Tyler who scandalized the country by posting topless photos of herself online has been arrested and may be charged for conducting "provocative acts" at a religious center where police prevented hardline Islamists from holding their annual conference, the Interior Ministry said Monday May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Benoit Chaumont and Akim Rezgui/ CAPA/Canal+)

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – The lawyer of a Tunisian woman who gained notoriety for posting online topless pictures of herself as a protest says she faces six months in prison for carrying a dangerous object.

Mokhtar Jannene said Friday his client Amina Tyler has been charged with possessing a pen-sized personal protection device containing tear gas or pepper spray.

Tyler was arrested after she tried to hold a protest for the rights of women Sunday in the religious center of Kairouane where ultraconservative Muslims had planned to hold a conference.

Witnesses said she scrawled FEMEN, the name of a Ukrainian feminist group that uses nudity in protests, on the wall of a cemetery near the main mosque.

She will appear in court Thursday.

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