- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have received a wave of support from the international community, including from musicians Peter Gabriel and Pussy Riot in the form of photographic tributes.

The musicians are featured in photographs that started being projected Friday on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong’s Admiralty District. New York-based human rights group the Voice Project helped organize the Stand By You 2.0 campaign to show support for the Hong Kong protesters, who want free leadership elections in 2017, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We want to show the faces of some of the people around the world who so admire what these young people are doing,” said the Voice Project’s founder, Hunter Heaney, who campaigned to free Pussy Riot after the band was detained for protesting against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Orthodox cathedral, AFP reported.

“We wanted to show them that we still stand with them and to help counteract propaganda that they don’t have support out there,” he said.

In the photos projected Friday, Genesis singer Peter Gabriel stands under an umbrella, a symbol of the two-month protests, with the caption: “Water gets everywhere — like the will of the people.”

Another photo showed the all-female Pussy Riot members wearing masks while standing under umbrellas.

“Solidarity. Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand,” their message said.


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