Scenes Of Outrage And Solidarity From Pussy Riot Protests Around The World

The Russian feminist punk band was sentenced to two years in prison this morning for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” The band was arrested in March following an unauthorized performance at Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral where they screamed, “Mother Mary please drive Putin away.”

1. Pussy Riot’s three members sat in a glass cell in a Moscow court room this morning, holding up the judge’s verdict.

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2. The protests followed quickly.

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Here, a protester wearing a mask (ski masks are one of Pussy Riot’s signatures) waves a feminist flag from a balcony of the court building in Moscow.

3. Outside the Moscow court building, other outraged supporters gathered.

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This sticker on the side of a police van reads “Free Pussy Riot!”

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Moscow police took action against some protesters.

6. In Berlin, a demonstration involved sculptures of toothed vaginas attacking the “head” of Putin.

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A closer look at that Putin mask.

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And the scene in Berlin.

9. Other protesters gathered outside Russian embassies around the world. In Kiev:

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10. Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged a special protest.

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A topless member of the group cut down an Orthodox cross, erected as a symbol of Kiev’s victims of political repression.

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She used a chainsaw.

12. In Dublin:

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Feminist and writer Rosita Sweetman appeared at the demonstration on O’Connell Street.

13. This protester, Colin Kelly, is in a punk band called Job Seekers.

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14. In Barcelona, protesters assembled outside the Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí.

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16. This Barcelona protester wore a tee with Vladimir Putin’s face crossed out.

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17. Many protesters were contained behind barriers outside the Russian embassy in London.

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19. Ladies in London displayed makeshift posters on printer paper.

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20. And on their chests.

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Also in London.

22. A scene in Brussels, outside the Russian delegation to the E.U.

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23. A member of the French branch of Amnesty International addressed a crowd.

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24. The performance that led to the arrest that led to everything you see above:

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