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Peaches films video in support of Pussy Riot

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Aug. 09, 2012 12:42
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Background actors wearing masks perform during the recording of a music video of Canadian musician and performance artist Peaches in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Prosecutors in Russia on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.
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BERLIN — About 400 people joined Canadian electro-pop performance artist Peaches in a Berlin park to show support for the members of a feminist band on trial in Russia for performing a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin.

The three Pussy Riot band members are awaiting a verdict next week in their Moscow trial on charges of hooliganism motivated religious hatred for the February performance.

The trial has been seen as part of the widening government crackdown on dissent in Russia and has been widely criticized.

Peaches, who lives in Berlin, told the dapd news agency in a story Thursday that the crowd showed up in Berlin's Mauerpark Wednesday after she spread the word over social media networks that she needed people for a video for her newly-penned song "Free Pussy Riot." 

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