» Results of violence: Following multiple events which led to the deaths of 44 miners at the hands of police and rival union members, platinum-mining company Lonmin plc has threatened to dismiss more than 3000 workers currently protesting working conditions at the Marikana mine north of Johannesburg. According to mine officials, without 80 percent of the employed workforce present, it is impossible to remove platinum from the ground. As a result, prices for the metal are currently at a six-week high.
How did it happen that our performance, which was a small and clumsy stunt, brought so much trouble? How can this happen in a healthy society? And now it takes thousands of people around the world to prove the obvious, to prove that the three of us are innocent.Maria Alekhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot • Expressing disbelief that Pussy Riot’s decision to stage an anti-Putin protest on the alter of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral has created such an uproar. While Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a lenient sentencing by the court, some believe that his statements reveal a hidden presumption of guilt which they worry will be shared by jurors. In addition to Alekhina, co-defendants Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich stood by their decision to protest, and said they were more free behind bars than prosecutors who can “only say what political censorship allows.” A verdict is expected to be delivered on August 17. source (via • follow)
The court sessions are lasting 11 hours a day, and our clients are not being allowed to eat or sleep adequately.Violetta Volkova, defense attorney for Russian punk band Pussy Riot • Telling reporters that Russian authorities have not been treating Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich humanely since their trial began earlier this week. Proceedings were interrupted for multiple hours during the third day of the trial, while medical personnel attended to Mariya Alekhina, who felt unwell due to low blood-sugar levels. source (via • follow)