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Pussy Riot rehearses ahead of their show at Banksy’s Dismaland on September 25 (all photos by Vianney Le Caer for Pussy Riot)

“Refugees in, Nazis out / Governments here should feel the shame / Fucking liars, you’re to blame,” Pussy Riot sing in their just-released video, “Refugees In.” Filmed during the Russian punk band’s September 25th performance at Banksy’s Dismaland, the video is dedicated to the more than 750,000 refugees who have arrived in Europe so far in 2015. Most are escaping from war or persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, and thousands are dying along the way. Refugees, for example, are not allowed to apply for asylum outside the UK, so they’re forced to travel there illegally.

To make the video, which features cops in riot gear and the masked band members behind bars — evoking their imprisonment in Russia as well as the locked borders and razor wires of refugee camps — Pussy Riot teamed up with London-based art group The Connor Brothers (Mike Snelle and James Golding). The pair have started the NGO “Refugee Response Foundation” to help the refugees in Calais. In January, Pussy Riot will visit Calais to build shelters alongside students from the architecture department at Cambridge University to help curb the housing crisis.

The song is the first of many upcoming Pussy Riot tracks that protest what they call “this conservative disease” spreading globally, from neofascist parties in Europe to Donald Trump’s ascendance in the US to the rise of Germany’s AfD. “We are planning to release a lot of disturbing videos next year,” Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot said in a statement. “We hope that you will not like them.”

Pussy Riot rehearses “Refugees In”

Pussy Riot rehearses “Refugees In”

Pussy Riot rehearses “Refugees In”

Pussy Riot rehearses “Refugees In”

Pussy Riot behind the scenes in making of “Refugees In”

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Carey Dunne

Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering arts and culture. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Baffler, The Village Voice, and elsewhere.

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