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Medea Benjamin Disrupts Iraqi PM Speech

by messenger Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2006 at 9:37 AM

Medea broke into a chant saying: "Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now! Listen to the Iraqis!"

as she was handcuffed, carried out, and arrested

during Prime Minister Maliki's speech to Congress last week.

It was shown on the popular, politically poignant "Daily Show".

"After witnessing Benjamin’s disruption, Maxine Waters, member

of Congress and chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus, stated, “We are

going to witness more and more public outrage as the violence in

Iraq escalates in this ongoing occupation.”"

"A recent World Public Poll shows that 87% of Iraqis want a timetable

for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq."

She has been on a hunger strike with Code Pink and several

other organizations such as Goldstar Mothers since the 4th

of July in front of the White House each day.

"After being rebuffed in our numerous attempts to meet with

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, including setting up "Camp

Al-Maliki" across from the Iraqi Embassy and publishing an

open letter to him in one of the largest Iraqi newspapers, we

received an amazing invitation: Five members of the Iraqi

Parliament who are working on a Reconciliation Plan to end

the violence in their country contacted us. Moved by the

commitment of the long-term fasters and dismayed by their

prime minister’s refusal to meet with us, these parliamentarians

asked us to join them in Amman, Jordan next week to discuss

their Reconciliation Plan, on condition that we break our long-term

fast with them!"

"This marks a big turning point in the fast, yet we know that we

have a long way to go towards bringing the 140,000 US servicemen

and women home from Iraq. We strongly encourage our local fasters

to continue to do weekly or ongoing fasts, and to make your fasts

public by holding actions outside Congressional offices and calling

the media."

Also, "Thursday, July 27, two hunger strikers, Gael Murphy and Eve

Tetaz, interrupted the long overdue Senate Foreign Relations

Committee hearing on John Bolton’s nomination as US Ambassador

to the U.N. They wore t-shirts saying “No Bolton” and urged Senators

to reject Bolton as the worst possible choice for the job and for world

peace."

These brave and selfless women have been very active of late, and

the corporate news giants CBS and CNN even had video of the speech

disruption.

Click the link below for more:

http://www.codepinkalert.org//article.php?id=1127

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