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 Natalia Hacerola, (608) 239-4830,

CODEPINK Activists Protest Karl Rove Appearance, Demand Accountability, in Mequon


When Karl Rove came to Mequon to promote his new book at Next Chapter Bookstore on Sunday, May 23rd, Mequon area activists Natalia Hacerola and Anne Aiello staged a citizens arrest, dangling handcuffs and an arrest warrant in front of Mr. Rove and demanding accountability and justice for the lies Rove told the American people during his time with the Bush Administration. Immediately before throwing the arrest warrant on the ground, Rove asked the activists why the handcuffs were plastic and Natalia replied, "It's safer that way." These activists and many concerned citizens feel they will be safer when Rove is tried for his crimes and behind bars.

The activists were with CODEPINK, and are related; Anne is Natalia's sister. This midwest American family had enough of the lies and wars waged in their name, and thus took action on Sunday. They were escorted out of the store and proceeded to hold an outside vigil with a large pink banner, alongside Tea Party supporters who were there to support Rove. The two groups engaged in a dialogue in a video posted on the CODEPINK YouTube site. See a video of the arrest at: ; More videos will be posted soon at the same account. CODEPINK members have staged citizen arrests of Karl Rove and other war criminals across the country, and Rove's tour has been dubbed my many outlets as the "Rove/CODEPINK Tour". Previous actions can be found here:

"We are demanding accountability from Karl Rove who lied to get us into the war and outed C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame," CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans, has said. "If law enforcement and Congress won't do it, we the American people will!"

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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