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Edinburgh 'flyerers' down tools for Amnesty tomorrow, 5pm, Royal Mile

Every 'flyerer' in Edinburgh to don flourescent balaclavas to highlight Amnesty's Stand Up For Freedom

Amnesty International is organising a flash-mob tomorrow, where Edinburgh Festival 'flyerers' will down tools and donate ten minutes of their time to promote Amnesty’s work protecting freedom of expression. The flash-mob will promote its famed Stand Up For Freedom comedy night at Edinburgh’s EICC on Wednesday 15 August.

The balaclavas are in tribute to Russian punk band Pussy Riot, as three members of the band are awaiting sentencing this Friday on charges of “hooliganism” after singing a song which criticised Russian president Putin. The case exemplifies Amnesty’s work to promote freedom of expression and Amnesty will be inviting the audience at Wednesday’s Stand Up For Freedom gig to take action on the singers’ behalf.

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Line up

5* reviewed Edinburgh hit, The Boy With Tape On His Face will be joining the multi-talented Josie Long; Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2011 Hannibal Buress; star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For the Week’ Sara Pascoe; sketch trio Pappy’s; winner of the Edinburgh if.comedy Award David O’Doherty; comedy cabaret sensation Frisky and Mannish; and new boy on the block Rob Beckett in the Stand Up For Freedom line-up.

The show will be compered by Scottish comedy favourites Fred MacAulay and Susan Calman.

What: Edinburgh Festival “flyerers” donate 10 minutes to promote Amnesty in flash-mob
When: Tuesday 14 August, 5pm
Where: Outside the Fringe offices, The Royal Mile

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