September 20, 2012

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi calls for release of Pussy Riot

Desmond Butler Associated Press
 

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for the release of the members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot.

At an event organized by Amnesty International Thursday, Suu Kyi accepted a bouquet from family members of one of the group’s three members, Nadia Tolokonnikova.

The punk band members were sentenced in August to two years in prison for performing an irreverent song mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin inside Moscow’s main cathedral.

Responding to a question, Suu Kyi said: “I don’t see why people should not sing whatever they want to sing.”

She added jokingly that was unless they sing terribly.

Suu Kyi was one of the world’s most famous political prisoners until her release two years ago.

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