Björk dedicates ‘Declare Independence’ to jailed rockers Pussy Riot, issues statement showing support [Video]

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk joins fellow musicians Franz Ferdinand, Kate Nash, Sting and Madonna in calling for the release of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot from jail.

The group of feminists — which consists of members Nadia Tolokonikovoy, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich — is currently being detained for performing a song titled “Holy Shit” at Moscow’s Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

The song was performed as part of a protest against the Orthodox Christian Church’s support for Russian president Vladimir Putin‘s attempts to tackle dissent in the country. The trio could reportedly face three to seven years of imprisonment on charges of hooliganism.

Björk posted a statement in Pussy Riot’s defence on her official website:

dear folks

here comes a statement in defense of pussy riot :

as a musician and a mother i would like to express i fiercely dont agree with them being put to jail because of their peaceful protest performance . they are currently standing trial and facing seven years in prison for this .

in my opinion the russian authorities should let them go home to their families and children

i would like to invite pussy riot to join me in a particular song on stage : which was written for all enhancement of justice ( you can guess : once , which one )

warmth , björk

The singer also dedicated her song “Declare Independence” to the trio during a recent show in Helsinki, Finland.

“I would like to ask you all to sing along and let’s all wish for freedom of speech,” she implored the crowd.

[Source: Pitchfork]

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