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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     It’s not every day you get to take meet a band, let alone take a selfie with them. But that’s what happened this weekend when members of the African Youth Panel met two members of Russian activist group Pussy Riot at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The festival, which was June 29 to July 6, benefits initiatives supporting children and young people, as well as humanitarian and cultural work, according to the Roskilde website.

    iReporter Rotimi Olawale (far-left with glasses in the photo) is on an African Youth Panel committee. He explained the story behind the photo, taken July 4: “We arranged a meeting to meet with Pussy Riot to hear their stories first hand and also to share some of the work that the panel has done collectively and individually through its members in different countries. Specifically, we also talked about how the Russian government has tried to stop them in every way possible, despite the fact that they're a non-violent group,” he said.

    Olawale says he was most struck by how “they were simple, normal people who wanted change!” He even said that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina donned temporary tattoos to help the AYP further one of its campaigns. Read more about Pussy Riot’s appearance at the festival.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    The African youth panel met with pussy riot at the sidelines of the roskilde festival in denmark to share experiences around activism and learn from each other. Both were guests of the roskilde festival

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