Lilian Min
November 19, 2015 12:09 pm

As the conversation around the current Syrian refugee crisis hits fever-pitch here in the U.S., one notable name in the music activist world has revived their manifesto on the issue. Pussy Riot, the feminist Russian artists whose work urges anti-corruption and anti-state action, recently debuted the song “Refugees In” during British street artist Banksy’s Disneyland parody installation, Dismaland. Now, the song has a video, also filmed there, and it’s a disturbing, necessary commentary on borders, force, and rage.

In an interview with Noisey, which premiered the video, Pussy  Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova revealed the inspiration for the song:

She also commented on the Syrian refugee crisis, which after the wave of terrorist attacks in Paris, has been exacerbated with severe backlash from Western European governments and populations:

The match between the band’s message, grinding production, and dark mirror backdrop of Dismaland makes for a pointed message directed straight at the men in power of many of the world’s biggest governments. Read the lyrics, as well as the rest of Tolokonnikova’s thoughts here, then watch the video below:

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(Image via PussyRiotVideo/YouTube)

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