After Condemning Pussy Riot Sentence, Germany Set to Try Copycats for One Year Longer

What a difference two days make.

Two days after three members of the punk rock collective known as Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a Russian show trial, copycats in Germany protested the sentence in a  Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

Germany, which was one of the countries that claimed the two-year sentence was overly harsh, is now set t try the copycats. The church has pressed charges and the defendants could face up to three years if convicted. Cue head whip.

This does not mean they will get three years. They may get no time. This just seems a bit odd to even tread these waters so soon after the Russian sentencing of Pussy Riot. This is definitely bad PR. The church pressing charges? I get that. It is the charges that are ludicrous. Disruption of the free practice of religion is the official charge. All those folks that decry the lack of separation of church and state in the U.S. need to take note. In other countries the church is pretty powerful and integrated into the fabric of the government.

I could see a trespassing charge, or any number of other lesser charges that would result in no jail time at all. But no, Germany is going to step in it, big time. Glad to see political speech and protest is so respected around the world.

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