Feds arrest peace group
members, August 24, 2007
Photos & article by Luke
Five CodePink anti-war
protesters were arrested in San Francisco outside the Phillip
Burton federal building during a peaceful protest aimed at
drawing attention to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to speak
with anti-war constituents and peace groups.
As many as twenty, mostly female protestors, blocked all
public entrances and exits to the building while carrying
signs that read "Fasting for Peace," "Hungry for Peace," "Silence
is not an option Madam Speaker," and "Madam Speaker silences
The largest banner simply read "IMPEACH."
Pelosi, who initially voted against going to war in Iraq,
has voted for all but the last funding appropriation in support
of the Iraq war, to the tune of $456
billion and counting while touting "No blank check for
The Speaker also refuses to pursue articles of impeachment
against President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
for their part in perpetrating war crimes against humanity
based on false intelligence. It is widely believed that the
so-called 'War on Terror' is a Bush Administration mask for
the ulterior intention of controlling Middle East oil and
Meanwhile, 3,724 U.S. service personnel have been killed
in Iraq and Afghanistan, 28,308 have been wounded or maimed
for life, as many as 655,000 Iraqis have been killed and more
than 4 million have been displaced from their homes.
The protestors, who taped strips of pink
duct tape across their mouths to symbolize what they believe
Pelosi expects from her constituents, held a press conference
before using their bodies to block ingress and egress to the
"We're putting pink duct tape
on our mouths to symbolize that Nancy Pelosi has silenced
us," said CodePink member Toby Blome before she was arrested.
"Our question is why can't Nancy Pelosi come and talk to
us like decent human beings," she said. "It is obscene, and
we need to let her know how angry we are about it."
Federal and local authorities resisted intervention for two
hours before making arrests. Several members of the public
including federal employees were prevented from entering or
leaving the building.
One man managed to force his way in by manhandling a female
protestor, pulling and pushing her aside to gain access. Other
members of the public, although expressing their support for
the protestors, also expressed frustration at the inconvenience
of not being able to get back to work or to mail letters.
One protestor responded, "Yes, we know it's an inconvenience.
Imagine how inconvenient it is to lose your son or daughter
for an unjust war based on lies."
A protestor is manhandled by a member of the public.
Trackback link for this article:
Pictures from Camp Pelosi
Stop Buying Bush's War Press
Military Families Speak Out
Arrest at Pelosi's Office