For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Blaine Clarke, CODEPINK DC, 757-870-0691
On War Anniversary, CODEPINK Calls for Shoe-Thrower's Release, Demands Arrest of True War Criminal: George W. Bush
WHAT: CODEPINK to call for al-Zaidi's release and arrest of true war criminal, Pres. Bush, on war anniversary
WASHINGTON - On the sixth anniversary of the disastrous Iraq War, members of the women's peace group CODEPINK and other activists will gather outside the Iraqi embassy here and call for the release of Muthader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist sentenced to three years in prison last week for throwing his shoes at Pres. Bush, and the arrest of Bush.
With creative posters and banners, the women will highlight the irony of the sentence so close to the war anniversary: al-Zaidi was jailed for "insulting" Bush at a Baghdad press conference, while Bush, who lied to the world six years ago to launch an economy-draining, illegal war of "shock and awe" that has killed 4,000 Americans and more than 1 million innocent Iraqis, walks free.
"It's outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the death and displacement of millions," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes."
For more information, please call Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, at 415-235-6517 or Blaine Clarke, CODEPINK DC, at 757-870-0691.
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CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.