Pussy Riot members arrested in Switzerland

0
21


Canton of Bern police arrested controversial activists over ‘anti-war action’

Members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot were arrested on Monday evening in Kuniz, Switzerland. The three women – Maria Alyokhina, Lucy Stein and Taso Pletner – were taken to a police station “in handcuffs” after spraying graffiti on a wall next to a road, the group said on Facebook.

The cantonal police confirmed the “Temporary arrest of three Russian citizens” but did not provide details of their identity for data protection reasons. The officers arrived on the scene after receiving a report that individuals were spraying graffiti and discovered the three with aerosol cans in their hands, Swiss media reported.

Pussy Riot stated on Facebook that they were trying a “anti-war action” by spraying graffiti with the word ‘war’ and the distance between Switzerland and Ukraine to apparently remind people that “war is not far away.” They also claimed that they were successfully doing the same in other European cities. The action group said the police had told them the three women could “Get fined and… even deportation from Switzerland.”

read more

Pussy Riot founder added to list of ‘foreign agents’

However, the police released all three after brief interrogations and even escorted them to their hotel. Olga Borisova, another member of the group, confirmed that they were released early on Tuesday. Police have also contacted the owner of the wall, a police spokesman said. The owner could possibly file a complaint about the actions of the activists, according to Swiss media.

Pussy Riot gained international fame in 2012 when members were arrested after performing a provocative punk rock song at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Three members, including Alyokhina, were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of: “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

The group is currently on what it calls a “European tour.” Last week, the Russian embassy in Bern protested that some Swiss sites are offering the activists places for their “performances” – which usually include: “obscene behavior beyond decency” standards, as well as insults against Russia and its leadership, the embassy said in a statement. Such actions are prohibited by Swiss law, which prohibits public insults against foreign states and their top officials, it added.



Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here