Pussy Riot protest for political prisoners in Trump Tower

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 23, 2017) (TWITTER/@PUSSYRRRIOT) – Trump Tower was briefly shut on Monday (October 23) after Russian activists Pussy Riot staged a protest in the hotel, activist Maria Alyokhina said on her Facebook page.

Three Pussy Riot members in balaclavas unfurled a banner made of white sheets stapled together reading in English ‘Free Sentsov’ demanding release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and Crimea activist Alexander Kolchenko.

In a statement on their Facebook page Pussy Riot said they ‘came to occupy Trump Tower to call attention to political prisoners’.

Alyokhina said Trump Tower was shut for half an hour after the incident.

Crimean-born Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security penal colony for ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in April 2014. Sentsov pleaded not guilty and denounced the trial as politically driven. The second defendant in the case, Alexander Kolchenko, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Pussy Riot wrote in statement: ‘We believe that political prisoners and their protection are more important than the sexist bullshit that people have been focused on,’ possibly referring to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault accusations.

The group also said they act against ‘leaders like Putin, who has exercised authoritarian force and Trump, who is displaying authoritarian tendencies’.


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