At 11:33pm on Saturday, August 18th, all five fire tending boat crews at WaterFire donned colorful balaclava as they fed the fires during Pussy Riot's "Putin Lights up the Fires." WaterFire's salute to Pussy Riot was a show of solidarity with the concept of artistic freedom of expression and in protest of governments worldwide that seek to stifle it.
Camera by Thomas Payne, Paul Rochford, and Jonathan Waugh.
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