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Why #PussyRiot Is the Future of Civil Disobedience

The by now global reach of #PussyRiot It’s all about the social networking, and could be called 4GW (4th Generation Warfare) – the ability of a tiny opponent to severely damage and sometimes even bring down a vastly more powerful adversary. Think David and Goliath, or the Arab Spring.

As we’ve seen time and again over the last two years, social media doesn’t favor a despot. Rather than tamp down the band’s protest, Putin has essentially plugged the young punk rockers into a giant wall of stacked Marshall amps, and from there to a worldwide broadcast to desktops and devices on every continent.

Social media doesn’t light the initial flame. That happens on the streets. But social media does send the message instantly across the planet, and sometimes the message goes viral. Breaking news anywhere is always on Twitter first, and Twitter is difficult for governments to block. Tweets can be texted, sent by mobile devices, relayed by bots, and worm their way across the planets via proxy servers. (This is of course also true of Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, blogs, etc.)

The Guardian

But the wish to crush political dissent, in this way and at this time, is Mr Putin’s alone. Pussy Riot had two points to make, both of them valid: that the Orthodox Church provides intellectual and religious cover for Mr Putin’s increasingly messianic political brand; and that this man is driving Russia straight up a cul de sac.

A feminist punk band has changed Russian politics. Who said punk was dead? :)

Pussy Riot’s gig at Christ the Saviour took place on 21 February. Five members broke into the Moscow cathedral, performing a “punk prayer” from the altar. Their song “Holy Shit” is a condemnation of the Russian Orthodox church’s close ties to Putin. “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin,” they sang, “chase Putin out!”

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What Pussy Riot did probably wouldn’t even be a crime in the US

In my latest IVN article I explore why what Pussy Riot did probably wouldn’t have gotten them arrested, much less imprisoned, in the US.

This YouTube video shows the performance by Pussy Riot on the steps of the cathedral, with lyrics. Yes, they are sending a political message too, one that, due to overreaction by Russian authorities, went viral across the planet and turned an unknown punk band into an international cause célèbre.

St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
Drive away! Drive away Putin!
Black robe, golden epaulettes
All parishioners are crawling and bowing
The ghost of freedom is in heaven
Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains
The head of the KGB is their chief saint
Leads protesters to prison under escort

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Pussy Riot get two years in prison

Pussy Riot was apparently convicted of being disrespectful towards the thug Putin rather than of any actual crime. The whole thing was a show trial designed to stifle dissent, so the once popular and now not so much Putin must be very scared indeed about the growing dissent against him.

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Pussy Riot verdict to come Friday

Credit: pussy-riot.livejournal.com/

The verdict in the kangaroo show trial against Russian punk bank Pussy Riot is expected 11 AM Friday Moscow time. Their “crime” is that they dared criticize the thug Putin. Artists, musicians, and supporters of freedom of speech are mobilizing worldwide in protest.

The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison.

It is certainly possible the court will pretend to be munificent and release the band with time served. But three members have already spent months in prison on bogus charges and Putin’s nasty message of suppression of dissent has already been sent.

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