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Russian band Pussy Riot are best known as a group of feminist punk rockers who use their music and public demonstrations to rail against various injustices. Two members of Pussy Riot unleashed a new video which gives a nod to Eric Garner and checks the ugliness of police brutality.

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, which BuzzFeed News says are the group’s most-known members from its 11-person collective, released their first English-language video, “I Can’t Breathe.” The song is dedicated to Garner and his last words before his choking death last summer in Staten Island are a centerpiece of the clip.

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“Illegal violence in the name of the state kills not only its victims, but those who are chosen to carry out these actions,” the group told BuzzFeed News in an e-mailed statement. “Policemen, soldiers, agents, they become hostages and are buried with those they kill, both figuratively and literally.”

The women wrote the song in New York during the protests that broke out after a grand jury declined to indict the officer who killed Garner. “We’ve known, on our own skin, what police brutality feels like and we can’t be silent on this issue,” the group told BuzzFeed News. Video of Pussy Riot members being whipped and beaten by Cossacks and undercover police officers during the Sochi Olympics made headlines last year.

The blue riot police uniforms the women wear in the video also reference the 2012 anti-Putin demonstrations at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, after which dozens of people present were charged with participating in “mass riots.” Several have been sentenced to years in prison.

To hammer home their support, Pussy Riot released not only the video featured below, but also a second one featuring footage from the #ICantBreathe” protests. The second video can be viewed on the following page.

Photo: YouTube

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