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Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina told The Guardian that they wrote the song after taking part in protests against police brutality in New York last December.
The song, inspired by Garner, is dedicated to people “around the globe who suffer from state terror — killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds,” Pussy Riot wrote on the video’s YouTube page.
“Those words are his, but we hope they can also stand for us and for many around the world, for all who can’t breathe because authorities act with impunity and feel invincible and above the law in using power to humiliate, intimidate, hurt, kill and oppress,” the musicians told The Guardian.
“We’ve known, on our own skin, what police brutality feels like and we can’t be silent on this issue.”
The video, shot in Russia, shows Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina wearing Russian riot police uniforms and being buried alive.