For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Protests Disrupt Condoleezza Rice in San Francisco--Video Footage Available
SAN FRANCISCO - As Condoleezza Rice was speaking at the Commonwealth Club
event at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, five CODEPINK women --
Rae Abileah, Cynthia Papermaster, Susan Harman, Leslie Angeline and
Janine Bonaparte -- disrupted her one hour talk. The women had red
painted hands, dangled handcuffs and unfurled pink banners which read,
"Condi is a war criminal."
the event Rice was asked if she would write another book, she replied
that she would like to write a book about the Bush years, Saddam
Hussein, Iraq and the intelligence. Rae Abileah, CODEPINK organizer
voiced, "The intelligence was wrong, there were no weapons of mass
destruction. You lied to the country and lead us into an illegal war.
Thousands of soldiers and innocent Iraqis died."
five CODEPINK women were escorted out of the event, detained and
released by hotel security and the San Francisco Police Department.
women's peace group have made headlines with their ongoing
accountability protests. See more coverage from the Rove/CODEPINK book
tour here http://www.codepink.org/article.php?id=4941
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