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Pussy Riot Protest: Supporters Protest Conviction, Sentence In Toronto (PHOTOS)

08/17/2012 12:30 EDT | Updated 10/17/2012 05:12 EDT
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TORONTO - Canadian supporters of a provocative punk band that has become a symbol of Russia's intolerance for dissent are rallying outside that country's consulate in Toronto.

About 100 people have gathered to show solidarity for Pussy Riot following the feminist rockers' conviction and sentencing.

Some protesters are turning to music to voice their disapproval for the ruling, brandishing guitars or bagpipes as well as placards.

A Moscow judge today found the all-female band guilty of hooliganism and sentenced them to two years in prison.

The trial has sparked a wave of protest around the world to support the group, whose members have been dubbed prisoners of conscience by human rights organizations.

The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral, in which they sang a "punk prayer" pleading the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin.

Putin was elected to a third new term as Russia's president two weeks later.

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