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Cindy Sheehan and 3 Others Arrested Outside UN

Cindy Sheehan and Three Others Arrested
Press Release

Monday 06 March 2006

Arrests take place after US Mission to the UN refused to meet with delegation of women visiting from Iraq and Gold Star Families for Peace.

Today four women, including peace activist, Cindy Sheehan, were arrested at the United Nations while trying to deliver a petition with more than 60,000 signatures urging the "withdrawal all troops and all foreign fighters from Iraq."

Arrested were: Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace; Missy Beattie, Gold Star Families for Peace; and Rev. Patricia Ackerman.

A delegation of women from Iraq and Gold Star Families for Peace had just concluded a press conference in front of the UN calling for an end to the US occupation of Iraq. The group then marched to the US Mission to deliver a petition. The US Mission office refused to send a representative to meet with the delegation of women. The women refused to leave without delivering the signatures to someone in the US Mission's office and were later arrested.

"I am outraged that the US Mission could not send someone down to meet with a delegation of women whose lives and families have been shattered by this destructive and immoral war," said Ann Wright, former US Army Colonel and US diplomat. Wright was physically assaulted by security officers during the arrests.

To view the full text of the petition, go to: http://www.womensaynotowar.org

FOR MORE COVERAGE OF THE ARRESTS SEE...
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030606R.shtml

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