Topless activist gatecrashes high-society Vienna ball

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The woman, with “Poroshenko get the fuck out” written on her torso, shouted slogans as she was dragged away by several burly Austrian policemen while bemused ball goers looked on in their elegant outfits.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was one of several thousand guests at the Opera Ball, a highlight of Vienna’s enduringly popular season of winter waltzing and tradition.

As every year, the evening at the glittering Vienna State Opera was opened with a dance by 150 “debutants”, the women in snow-white gowns and the men in white tie and tails.

This year organizers gave a nod towards diversity to the event, which also includes performances of opera arias and ballet, with the participation of a couple with Down’s Syndrome.

Photo (from center left): Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen, director of the State-Opera Dominique Meyer, Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko and his wife Maryna pose prior the opening of the Opera Ball 2018, the sumptuous highlight of the Austrian capital’s ball season, on February 8, 2018 at the State Opera House in Vienna.

As well as Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President Alexander Van der Bellen, the roll call of dignitaries and celebrities included Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, activist and former model Waris Dirie and American actress Melanie Griffith.

Griffith was the guest of construction magnate and Opera Ball stalwart Richard Lugner, 85, whose previous celebrity invitees have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.

 

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