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Greens show solidarity with members of the band, Pussy Riot

The European Parliament have shown several times in resolutions its commitment to protect the right to non-violent protest and self-expression at every level. The Pussy Riot trio are now appealing the sentence and this is another opportunity for the Russian system to show a capacity for level-headed treatment of a minor offense and the immediate release three women with time served.

On Monday, September 3, the Federation of Young European Greens organized an action protesting the recent sentences against the three members of the band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, in Russia  in front of the Russian embassy in Brussels, Avenue De Fré, Uccle, Brussels. The action was supported by Ulrike Lunacek, Franziska Brantner and Raul Romeva - Green Members of the European Parliament.

On August 17, three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were each jailed for two years after being found guilty of hooliganism following their performance of a feminist anti-Putin song in the Moscow orthodox church cathedral. 

This sentence is disproportionate and a clear demonstration of the suppression of basic fundamental freedoms. It neglects the states duty to respect any critical voice and used this event to send a clear message of intimidation to all dissenters. 

While these three women have captured international attention, it is important to recognize and support the many other individual acts of expression in Russia that have been curtailed by the state. Freedom of speech cannot be limited to those that gather media, artistic or political support. 

The European Parliament have shown several times in resolutions its commitment to protect the right to non-violent protest and self-expression at every level. The trio are now appealing the sentence and this is another opportunity for the Russian system to show a capacity for level-headed treatment of a minor offense and the immediate release three women with time served.

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Dave Christman

About 2 years ago

I SO appreciate the amazing courage of these Greens.

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