Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, known for their protests against the Russian government, have expressed solidarity with jailed Occupy activists in Hong Kong.

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were jailed last month following a successful appeal of their non-custodial sentences by the Department of Justice. 13 other activists who protested against the northeast New Territories development plans in 2014 were also jailed last month.

A video from the Russian collective was shown at a musical rally in support of the jailed protesters held on Sunday in Central. The group, which previously had three of its members imprisoned, spoke out in support of Wong, Law and Chow, along with other Hong Kong activists who have been jailed or are facing trial for participating in peaceful protests.

In the video obtained by HKFP, a member of the group says: “We do understand what it is like to be in prison because we exercise freedom of expression and freedom to protest, and it is unacceptable.”

“Imprisonment can never stop people from rightful resistance, like Pussy Riot’s case demonstrates. Hong Kong is violating human rights, especially that of freedom of assembly, association and political expression.”

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. File photo: In-Media.

After a controversial performance in a cathedral in 2012, three members of the group were arrested and charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” They were sentenced to two years in jail, and Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova each served 21 months.

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Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.