Woman waves blood-colored hands at Secretary Rice, 4 others arrested
5 CODEPINK members arrested this morning at the House Foreign Relations Committee Hearing with Secretary Condoleezza Rice.
Those arrested, Desiree Fairooz of Arlington, TX, Liz Hourican
of Phoeniz, AZ, Lori Purdue of Indianapolis, IN, Medea Benjamin of San
Francisco, CA and Zool Zulkowitz of Washington, D.C.
Fairooz of Texas approached Secretary Rice with red paint on her hands
to deliver the message that the Bush Administration had the blood of
the Iraqis and American military on their hands. Chair Lantos ordered
her out. Ms. Fairooz was escorted out by security guards yelling "war
criminal." The Capitol Police then viciously yanked Liz Hourican of
Arizona and Lori Purdue of Indiana from their seats, pulling Liz by her
arms, legs, feet as she screamed in pain, "you are hurting me! What are
you doing?" over and over. They were both dragged into the hall and
promptly arrested. Medea Benjamin remained in the hearing room and was
asked to leave after flashing a peace sign with her fingers. She
collected her belongings, left and was walking down the hall when 2
Capitol Police approached her and cuffed her. Zool Zulkowitz was with
arrested with Ms. Benjamin.
The Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Foreign Relations
Committee contacted the Capitol Police later in the day to again relay
that their is a policy of that committee to not arrest Citizen
protesters but to instead escort them out of the room. The Deputy asked
for the CODEPINK members to be released promptly from custody.
For more information please contact Dana Balicki at 202 422 8624 or Gael Murphy at 202 412 6700.
You can see footage of the hearing arrests at www.codepinkalert.org/codepinkarrests
and at www.youtube.com/dontbuybushswar