Free Al-Zeidi Rally in DC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Dec. 24, 2008
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*FREE AL-ZEIDI RALLY SET FOR DEC. 29 IN
A rally calling on the Iraqi Government to free Montather Al-Ziedi, the man who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, will be held Monday, December 29 at noon in front of the Iraqi consulate to the United States, located at 1801 P Street NW in Washington, DC.
The rally is timed to immediately precede Mr. Al- Ziedi's appearance in the Central Criminal Court of
Bush during a press conference in
"The treatment Al-Zeidi has received should shame all Americans and is likely to motivate as much anti- American sentiment as have the photos of torture at Abu Ghraib," said David Swanson, cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org. "While our President and Vice President openly confess to authorizing torture, their puppet government in Iraq tortures a man for throwing shoes, in complete absence of even the pretense of 'interrogation,' much less a ticking time bomb. Freeing Al-Zeidi will not fix this situation. We must also put Bush and Cheney behind bars."
"There are credible reports that Montather Al-Ziedi has been tortured while in the custody of the government of
"Mr. Al-Ziedi's act, in the context of the suffering caused by the US-led invasion and occupation of
The rally is being called by a coalition of peace and justice organizations including: CODEPINK: Women for Peace; Iraq Veterans Against the War; AfterDowningStreet.org; Consumers for Peace; Democrats.com, and others.
At the close of the rally, organizers will deliver a petition to Ambassador of
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An oil pump works to retrieve petroleum from the ground. (Photo: AP)
He registered for the auction, he had a number, and he made winning bids. But Tim DeChristopher doesn’t have the money, and never intended to pay up. Now, the 27 year old environmentalist may face federal charges.
DeChristopher’s actions on Friday occurred at the
DeChristopher’s aim was to run up prices, and prevent real buyers from getting hold of the leases for potential exploration. In the process, he racked up a tab of more than $1.7 million dollars.
“I tried to resist this sale any way I could,” DeChristopher said, after he was questioned by authorities who caught on to his plan. “What the environmental movement has been trying for the last 20 years has not been effective. It’s been too nice.”
His moves disrupted the auction, which BLM officials say occur four times a year, and don’t generate nearly as much interest as Friday’s session. One agency spokesperson called opponents of the latest leases part of the “conflict class,” who have acted on “misinformation.”
The fake bids had an impact. “It cost us potentially hundreds of thousand of dollars because we were bidding against him, and the price was going up,” said one bidder, who did not want to reveal his name or company. “It’s sad.”
When it was over, the BLM allowed oil and gas companies, who competed with DeChristopher in the auction, to relinquish their bids. The
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