2012-08-08 17:46:00

People worldwide will hold protests if Pussy Riot members are convicted - lawyers

Moscow, August 8, Interfax - Defense lawyers for the Pussy Riot feminist punk band members being tried for disorderly conduct at the Christ the Savior Cathedral have warned that people in different countries will hold demonstrations in their support if they are convicted.

Mark Feigin, a lawyer for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, told Interfax the defense team is sure that the women will be convicted.

"If our expectations prove true and the court sentences the girls to real prison terms, people all over the world will take to the streets to demand freedom for Pussy Riot right on the day the sentence is handed down," Feigin said.

This action has been planned for quite a long time, and a lot of people have learned about these plans from the Internet.

"We are not calling on anyone to go anywhere, but we are just urging the people to go out and demand justice," he said.

Judge Marina Syrova had told the participants in the trial, journalists and the public earlier on Wednesday that she would hand down a sentence on the Pussy Riot case at 3:00 p.m. on August 17.