Friday, December 19, 2008
Shoe Thrower update
The BBC is reporting today that the shoe thrower has allegedly been beaten while in custody. Al-Zaidi’s brother Dargham has reported that he has suffered a broken arm, broken ribs, and internal bleeding. “The only thing that will hopefully keep al-Zaidi from being swept up into an anonymous prison for an indefinite period, and even tortured, is the huge outpouring of support he has received the world over,” said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK.
Al-Zaidi has received widespread attention and support both across the Middle East and the U.S. From protests across Iraq to widespread coverage in U.S. news to spontaneous groups on Facebook.
CODEPINK has begun a PETITION for people who agree with the anti-war sentiment behind al-Zaidi’s shoe-throwing action and call for his release without charge. The group will also visit the Iraqi Embassy in D.C. this afternoon to demand al-Zaidi’s release. On Wednesday, CodePink and other antiwar groups will gather outside the White House to display shoes representing the Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq.
The Ambassador says "What Mr. al-Zaidi did was reprehensible"
The lady in the audience replies...."What about what Mr. Bush did?"