Watch Pussy Riot's Tribute To Eric Garner Called "I Can't Breathe"

19 February 2015, 10:35

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By Nicky Idika

Moving.

Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk collective known best for being imprisoned and then pardoned under Putin, have achieved a new milestone in their music. Known best for their Russian language fight and protest songs, the musicians have crossed over into singing in the English language and they have picked one hell of a topic to tackle first.

Their new song, entitled "I Can't Breathe" (named after Eric Garner'S dying words) feels and looks like a performance piece. Two of the group’s members are (Masha and Nadya) are "buried alive" in an uncomfortable, albeit important scene that signifies first having difficulty breathing and then being dead.

Pussy Riot's first song in English is dedicated to Eric Garner and the words he repeated eleven times before his death. This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror - killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds - for political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change. We stand in solidarity.

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Richard Hell (The Heartbreaks, Voidoids) did the ending monologue which was a recreation of Eric Garner's last words. 

Watch "I Can't Breathe" Below 

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