Russian Punk Rockers, Pussy Riot, Release “I Can’t Breathe” Song in Honor of Eric Garner*

The haunting song and video, which shows Pussy Riot members Masha and Nadya being buried alive, is the first English song released by the political activists.

First they took on Putin – now police brutality.

Two members of political art protest group Pussy Riot, Masha and Nadya, released a song, their first in English, called “I Can’t Breathe” in honor of Eric Garner, whose death after being put in a police chokehold on Staten Island sparked weeks of protest around the world.

“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,” the group said in a statement accompanying the video, posted Wednesday online. “We stand in solidarity.”

The haunting video shows the two women, wearing blue camouflage Russian riot police uniforms, being buried alive as they sing over a sparse electronic beat.

“It’s getting dark in New York City/It’s getting tight in New York City/I need to catch my breath,” the song’s refrain goes.

At the end, a transcript of the 43-year-old Garner’s final words, captured on video obtained in July by the Daily News, are read by New York punk rocker Richard Hell, who ends by repeating, “I can’t breathe” a total of nine times – just like Garner.

The song was recorded in New York in December 2014 after protesters took to the streets after a grand jury declined to indict New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner’s death.

Among the other symbolism in the 4 minute, 30 second video is the image of a crumpled yellow pack of cigarettes emblazoned with “Russian Spring” in Russian. Garner was originally approached by cops who wanted to bust him for selling loosies – untaxed single cigarettes – on the street.

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SOURCE: SASHA GOLDSTEIN 
The New York Daily News

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