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Protest for Syria: An Accidental Art Installation

Yesterday at the Russian Embassy in London a group of 25 activists from human rights organisations Syria Solidarity UK and the Syria Campaign created a peaceful protest and outdoor art installation. Whilst the protest wasn’t supposed to be a work of art, and purely for a demonstration, it’s hard to ignore the creative outcome with the use of mannequin limbs. The protesters collected and displayed 800+ mannequin arms and legs near the front gates of the embassy representing the massacre of Syrians in Aleppo. I think this should be bought by a gallery, and give the money to the organisations!


Bissan Fakih, deputy campaign director of the Syria Campaign said:

We have the limbs ‘flowing out’ of the embassy. We want [Russia] to stop their war crimes in Syria. We want them to stop bombing children. Our message is very clear to the Russian government. The world is watching.


The protest represents the tragic events of Moscow committing untold atrocities in Syria’s largest city. Two activists even chained themselves to the embassy gates. Boris Johnson previously encouraged people to protest earlier on in October due to innocent children being killed, and doctors being bombed for trying to help civilians.

Through the medium of an unintentional art installation, the message serves as a poignant reminder of the abuse endured by Syrians, and a plea to politicians.

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Björn Borg Makes a Colorful Entrance Into Russia With Pro-Gay Ad in Moscow Times

“Swedish fashion house Björn Borg, whose tagline is “Björn Borg says ja!,” (“Björn Borg says yes!”) celebrated the launch of its Russian website with a full-page ad in homophobic Russia’s Moscow Times showing coloured underwear arranged to look like a rainbow. In Russia, homosexuality has been criminalised.

In a press release, marketing director Lina Söderqvist says “the advert is a way for us to reach Russian influencers. Björn Borg as a brand has always advocated equality on all levels.”

The ad’s release coincides with last week’s “We don’t support homosexuals, wait, yes we do” statements from Barilla, followed by Bertolli’s “Love and pasta for all!” comeback. Björn Borg totally takes Paypal if you were thinking of sending a gift to Mr. Putin.”

I think it’s fantastic that a brand are gutsy enough to do something like this, but it does make me wonder … if this was a single human being, wouldn’t they be arrested (and probably abused by police) in Russia, yet nothing will happen to these people, because they’re from a company?…..

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