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|Farewell Kiss: Show Soles of Show Solidarity Stand at the MRS|
|Date||Wednesday December 17|
|Time||8:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
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MRS (Marine Recruiting Station)
64 Shattuck Square
(On Shattuck Ave just south of University where Shattuck runs one way and north. 2 blocks north of the downtown Berkeley BART)
|mzsam [at] bayareacodepink.org|
WHAT: CodePINK anti-war activists and allies to march holding shoes in the air around Marine Recruiting Station in solidarity with Iraqi journalist and all civil disobedience against war and torture
WHEN: 8 a.m., Weds. Dec. 17
WHERE: MRS/Marine Recruiting Station, 64 Shattuck Square, Berkeley
BERKELEY - In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist, Muntader al Zaidi – who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference Sunday – CodePINK activists and allies will gather outside the Marine Recruiting Station (MRS) holding shoes in the air and lining them up around the station Wednesday.
In addition to representing support for al Zaidi’s act of civil disobedience, the shoes will embody the Iraqi people who have been killed, tortured, maimed and U.S. soldiers who’ve died since the Bush Administration's illegal invasion of Iraq, said CodePINK.
Showing the soul of shoes to someone is a symbol of extreme disrespect in Arab countries; throwing shoes is an even stronger statement. As he hurled his shoes at Bush, al Zaidi shouted “This is your farewell kiss, you dog”. He is currently being held, questioned, and tortured in jail.
Activists are calling on the Iraqi government to release al Zaidi immediately without charges and have set up a fund to support him and his family. They are also demanding Bush intervene for al Zaidi’s immediate release.
"It's outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis," said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes."
"Al-Zaidi's act of civil disobedience expresses the disgust that so many Iraqis and Americans feel towards a man who has caused so much pain and suffering," added Anas Shallal of Iraqi Voices for Peace. "It is indeed a fitting tribute to the end of the Bush reign of terror."
CodePINK activists will bestow the “Farewell Kiss” on Bush, for Recruiting our Youth, and for Invading Afghanistan as well.