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Contact: Email:,,Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder:,,Jodie Evans, national media coordinator, (310) 621-5635

At Iraq Embassy, Peace Activists To Call for Release of Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist


Members of CODEPINK Women for Peace and other activists will go to the Iraq Embassy here TODAY to call for the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who was taken into Iraqi police custody Sunday after throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. On behalf of peace organizations throughout the country, they will deliver a letter calling for al-Zaidi to be released without charges.

WHAT: Petition and protest at Iraq Embassy
WHEN: 2 p.m. Tues., Dec. 16 - TODAY
WHERE: Iraq Embassy, 1801 P Street, NW

"We sympathize with al-Zaidi's action, especially when he said he acted on behalf of 'the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq,'" said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. "So do many Americans who are horrified by the suffering Bush's actions have caused and want the war to end with troops and contractors out now. With a simple action, he struck a chord that resonates around the world."

Though people in the Middle East and around the world have lauded al-Zaidi for his bravery in speaking out against Bush and the Iraq War, the Iraqi government has called it an act that "sullies the reputation" of Iraqi journalists and could sentence him to seven years in prison. Meanwhile, al-Zaidi's television station has pled for his release, as have groups all over the world.

The Embassy protesters will carry shoes on sticks, as many protesters have done in Iraq. In addition for calling for al-Zaidi's release, they will call for the U.S. troops to leave Iraq.

For more information, please call Medea Benjamin at 415-235-6517.

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