Peaches calls for lynching
Canadian electro-punk performance artist Peaches posted a protest video for Russian feminist band Pussy Riot online on Wednesday in which she calls for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be lynched. The video for the song Free Pussy Riot, which appeared on YouTube and Facebook, is aimed at supporting three band members who face three years behind bars in a verdict to be handed down today. In the song, Peaches blames Putin for the prosecution of the trio on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their “punk prayer” against his re-election in a Moscow church in February. “Here’s the pitch, here’s the switch, put Putin on a stick and play burn the witch,” runs the rap in the video. The song plays against the backdrop of a protest in a Berlin park last week organized by the 45-year-old singer, who lives in the German capital and has a major cult following for her provocative, sexually frank performances.
Moon in critical condition
The founder of the controversial Unification Church is in hospital in critical condition due to complications from pneumonia, his spokesman said yesterday. Sun Myung Moon, 92, was admitted to Seoul’s St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday and has been unconscious since then, Ahn Ho-yeol said, describing his condition as very critical. “He is on life support and cannot communicate ... doctors say the next three days will be the critical period,” Ahn said. The Unification Church — founded in Seoul in 1954 and officially called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification — is one of the world’s most controversial religious organizations. Its devotees are often dubbed “Moonies” after the founder and it is widely known for conducting mass weddings among followers involving thousands of couples.
Man survives harrowing fall
A skydiver has survived a harrowing plunge to the ground after his main parachute failed and a reserve chute only partially worked. Police said the 35-year-old man suffered serious injuries after he hit the ground at high speed and with enough force to make him bounce. According to a police statement, the man was parachuting yesterday afternoon at Motueka airport on South Island when his main chute failed and he was unable to open his reserve chute. Police said the reserve chute eventually deployed automatically when the man was about 230m from the ground, but did not function properly, although it did help slow his fall. Nelson Hospital said that the skydiver remains there in a stable condition.
Mob burns Brazilians alive
A mob of angry villagers burned two suspected Brazilian drug traffickers alive on Tuesday in revenge for the alleged murder of three Bolivians the previous night, police told local media. About 300 locals stormed a police station in San Matias, a small town near the border with Brazil, seized Rafael Max Dias and Jefferson Castro Lima, doused them in petrol and set them alight, according to television station Uno. “It was impossible to control the crowd. There were only seven of us,” police officer Grover Ramos told local newspaper El Deber de Santa Cruz. The Brazilians were arrested on Tuesday after the murders of 33-year-old Paulino Paraba Ramos, 27-year-old Banderley Costas Paraba and 26-year-old Edgar Suarez Rojas, in a shooting thought to be related to drug trafficking.