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Amnesty International: Rocking Pussy Riot Style

March 19, 2013
Amnesty International

Russia’s government scrubbed Pussy Riot’s videos from the Internet, and continues its assault on free speech. Here’s our response.

Dear G.L.,

Last night, Amnesty activists rocked out for human rights in Washington, DC, steps from the Russian Embassy. We gathered to mark the one-year anniversary since Pussy Riot performed a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral — the performance that landed two members of the feminist punk group in prison.

We came together for Pussy Riot and freedom of expression in Russia. We were LOUD. The Russian authorities would love to sweep us under the rug. But theycan’t hide the government’s continuing assault on human rights — and they can’t hide us.

Be loudTell the Russian government to respect free speech and free Pussy Riot!

Hundreds of thousands have called on the Russian authorities to release Maria “Masha” Alekhina and Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, immediately and unconditionally. And thousands around the world have taken up Pussy Riot’s case and joined our solidarity world map, including famous rockers like Sting, Roger Waters and Pearl Jam.

But Masha and Nadya still need our help, especially now. Sent to brutal penal colonies hundreds of miles from their families, both women face a difficult two-year imprisonment. Nadya is currently in the hospital for a chronic illness, and Masha has been threatened by other inmates.

Russia’s authorities seem to think they can scrub Pussy Riot away. While Pussy Riot’s performance one year ago was caught on video, the Russian authorities banned it as “extremist,” based on a loosely worded law intended to crack down on dissent and freedom of expression. The group’s videos have disappeared from the Russian Internet.

We can’t let the Russian authorities just erase Pussy Riot’s story. Last night, when crowds recreated Pussy Riot’s performance in full sight of the Russian Embassy, we showed that we will NOT be silenced.

We’re turning up the volume to 11 for Pussy Riot and freedom of expression in Russia, and we intend to keep it there!

Free Pussy Riot!

Sincerely,

Jasmine Heiss
Campaigner, Individuals and Communities at Risk
Amnesty International USA

P.S. We’ll be headed back to the Russian Embassy on March 4 to make a big statement with our Pussy Riot solidarity world map on the 1st anniversary of Pussy Riot’s arrest. We need as many people as possible to stand up and be counted for Pussy Riot — join the map now and share with your friends!

 

President Putin: We will not be silenced

 

Russian authorities banned Pussy Riot’s videos as “extremist” while Masha and Nadya of Pussy Riot remain unjustly imprisoned simply for singing a song one year ago.We’re turning up the volume for human rights – the Russian government must respect freedom of expression and release Pussy Riot now!

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