‘Pussy Riot’ Comes to America, Hits Trump Tower

Pussy Riot first gained global recognition in 2012 after they were sentenced to 2 years in prison for staging an anti-Putin protest within an orthodox church.

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On October 23rd, the Russian activist punk band, Pussy Riot, successfully closed Trump Tower down for half an hour after staging a protest inside against Vladamir Putin and Donald Trump. Masked in balaclavas, three individuals unfurled a banner calling for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov. The group explains:

 

We came to occupy Trump Tower to call attention to political prisoners. We believe that political prisoners and their protection are more important than the sexist bullshit that people have been focused on.

Defending political prisoners is an issue that transcends borders. We are acting in solidarity against leaders like Putin, who has exercised authoritarian force and Trump, who is displaying authoritarian tendencies – because we all need to be fighting together on behalf of dissidents everywhere.”

 

Pussy Riot first gained global recognition in 2012 after they were sentenced to 2 years in prison for staging an anti-Putin protest within an orthodox church. Masked in their now signature balaclavas, the women recited a punk-prayer to the Virgin Mary to get Putin out while singing and dancing.

 

Members of the Russian radical feminist group Pussy Riot try to perform at a the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Members of the group stage performances against the policies conducted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

 

People around the world protested after Pussy Riot’s sentencing. Among the protesters, various activists and celebrities spoke out as well.

 

Madonna

 

After an amnesty ruling, the group was released from prison early. However, none of the women took their early release as a liberation. The amnesty ruling came right before the Olympics were to be held in Russia. At this time, Putin was trying to put Russia in a favorable light. It was nothing more than a PR stunt. Vice News reports:

 

 

Luckily for Pussy Riot, this recent statement made at Trump Tower did not result in any arrests. Had it been a group from the BLM movement, it’s safe to say the outcome would have been much different. The story would be splattered across the mainstream media news, at the very least. And likely described as “violent” somehow.

The band’s focus on Oleg Sentsov stems from his prosecution on terrorism charges. According to Sentsov’s lawyers and Amnesty International, the trial was a sham meant to silence his criticism of the Russian government. This wouldn’t be the first time the Russian government has taken retaliatory action against those who speak out against Vladimir Putin, or the system.

Pussy Riot members, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using their experiences in prison as creative inspiration to paint a picture of the repression they faced. Repression Tolokonnikova says Americans may experience in the near future. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavors, and offer our support.

 


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