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Peace Advocates Attempt 'War Crimes' Arrest of Condi Rice at RNC

- Common Dreams staff

Tampa police barred a dozen peace activists on Tuesday from entering an event attended by Condoleezza Rice after asserting their intention to perform a citizens arrest of the former Secretary of State for war crimes relating to her involvement with the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

After being refused entry the group performed a die-in on the sidewalk outside the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in the downtown area of Tampa.  The activists laid out under sheets covered in red paint to signify the bloodshed they said Rice and other Bush administration officials unnecessarily caused in "their war of aggression."

Code Pink protester Medea Benjamin (2nd R) interacts with law enforcement while demonstrating at the Stratz Center for the Performing Arts on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Code Pink protesters were on hand to perform a citizen's arrest on Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her involvement in the U.S. lead wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images / SF)Several protesters from Code Pink lay under sheets to bring attention to the casualties of foreign conflicts outside the Straz Center for the Performing Arts during the National Republican Convention on August 28, 2012 in downtown Tampa, Florida. The Code Pink protesters were on hand to perform a citizen's arrest on Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her involvement in the U.S. lead wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo: Edward Linsmier, Getty Images / SF)Protesters from Code Pink gather outside the Straz Center for the Performing Arts during the National Republican Convention on August 28, 2012 in downtown Tampa, Florida. The Code Pink protesters were on hand to perform a citizen's arrest on Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her involvement in the U.S. lead wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo: Edward Linsmier, Getty Images / SF)

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