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Pussy Riot pays tribute to Eric Garner in chilling ‘I Can’t Breathe’ music video

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – “It’s getting dark in New York City” – it’s just one of the many messages in political art protest group Pussy Riot’s new video called “I Can’t Breathe.”

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova – the band’s most well-known members – front the video released Wednesday where they are buried alive donning Russian riot police uniforms.
In a statement on their YouTube page, the group said the song was dedicated to chokehold victim Eric Garner and all those “around the globe who suffer from state terror.”

The song which is the group’s first in English, was recorded in New York this past December during the height of mass protests after a grand jury decided not to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

Known for being the poster children of the struggle against Vladimir Putin’s Russian government, Pussy riot say they couldn’t stay silent on the issue of police brutality, having been victims themselves when they were attacked by undercover officers during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In what’s probably the most chilling part of the video, a transcript of Garner’s final words on that fateful day in July are read by punk musician Richard Hell, reminding viewers of Garner’s tragic demise.

Watch the full video below:

Second version of “I Can’t Breathe” featuring Eric Garner’s friends, relatives: