Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pussy Riot members attacked with green paint and rubbish

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/06/pussy-riot-members-attacked-green-paint-rubbish

Video shows men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina in McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod

Reuters in Moscow theguardian.com, Thursday 6 March 2014

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant.

A video, uploaded by the group on Thursday, shows at least three men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, shouting "[Go] to America!" and shooting paint into their faces from syringes in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"It hurts! Why are you doing this?" Tolokonnikova says, with green stains on her face and hands. "You don't have the right to hurt me. Please don't do that to anyone anymore."

Alyokhina said she suffered head injuries and Tolokonnikova had chemical burns. The men wore patriotic symbols – so-called St George, ribbons which commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in the second world war.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina spent nearly two years in prison for performing a "punk prayer" in a protest against Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow.

Celebrated in the west as activists who fight for freedom of speech, they are disliked by many people in Russia's socially conservative provinces, where support for Putin is strong.

Continue reading at:  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/06/pussy-riot-members-attacked-green-paint-rubbish

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