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London’s attempt to free Pussy Riot

In association with ShatterJapanHoxton Bar & Kitchen are hosting a night in support of Pussy Riot, featuring performances from Peggy Sue, DJ sets from New Young Pony Club and talks from Kerry McCarthy (MP), to name but a few.

You may have heard rumblings of Pussy Riot on the news or on Twitter, you may have even seen their name painted on Madonna’s back. If you still don’t know if you should be supporting them, then read on, I have a few questions for you… Do you, or anyone that you know have opinions? Are you often struck by independent thoughts? Are you a fan of being able to express these opinions or thoughts freely? Well Pussy Riot stand for freedom of thought, expression of opinions and political agitation and if you’re interested in these things then you should definitely be showing your support.

After forming last September, Pussy Riot have staged several guerilla performances, their openly anti- Putin lyrics aim to highlight the deficiency of civil rights and an independent justice system, the corruption, poverty, conformism and brutal sexism that the people of Russia face under his regime. In February, the Russian feminist punk band staged a protest in Moscow’s main cathedral, during which three members of the band were arrested and detained for 5 months until their trial last week.

According to the Free Pussy Riot campaign website, members of the band were being mistreated throughout the trial; the three women were denied adequate food and sleep, and the Judge even refused to hear witnesses for the defence.

You’ve probably heard that two of the women are mothers, while the youngest member of Pussy Riot facing imprisonment is Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is only 22! Just 22, I bet that’s younger than the majority of you reading this. At 22 she has already been held for 5 months prior to her trial, which, it appears was extremely unjust. Nadezhda is now to be imprisoned for a further 2 years. All of this just for expressing her opinions in public.

This gig doesn’t have a set entry fee, but a donation is suggested. Dig deep folks, you’d have to think long and hard to come up with a worthier cause than freedom of expression…and rumour has it there’ll be a plethora of angry lasses in knitted neon balaclavas waiting to dropkick any donation dodgers.

Find out if you can assist Amnesty International in their support of Pussy Riot here, or for more info on the gig, including how you can help and the full line up, click on the Facebook event, here.

- Nicole Morley



One Comment on “London’s attempt to free Pussy Riot”

  • Jess August 23rd, 2012 1:20 pm

    couldn’t have put it better myself pet, good luck with the dropkicking and donations.

    p.s where can I get a neon balaclava?


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