Pussy Riot and Peter Gabriel send messages of support to Hong Kong demonstrators

Protests enter third month

Pussy Riot, Peter Gabriel and Iron & Wine are among the artists to have sent new messages of support to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors.

In a video produced by the ‘Stand By You: Add Oil Machine’ media art campaign to mark the demonstration entering its third month, the musicians sent photographs which were last night (November 28) included in a video projected on the Lennon Wall in the Admiralty District of downtown Hong Kong – a center of the movement. Click below to watch the video.

In the photos, Gabriel, Pussy Riot and others are seen holding umbrellas, which have become the symbol of the protest movement since activists used them to fend off pepper spray and tear gas used by the police.

“We want to show the faces of some of the people around the world who so admire what these young people are doing,” said Hunter Heaney, founder of one of the organising groups The Voice Project. “We wanted to show them that we still stand with them and to help counteract propaganda that they don’t have support out there.”

Earlier this month, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina spoke out against Vladimir Putin’s control of the Russian media at an Amnesty International event. Both were watched by an audience that included Amnesty campaigners who had fought for the duo’s release after they were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ The Saviour.

In her opening remarks, Alekhina said: “When the media isn’t giving true information, people cannot choose. People will just keep choosing the only option that they are shown, in this case that’s Vladimir Putin. I really wish it were possible to have accurate channels of information.”