Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now
CodePink Founder Interrupts Iraqi PM's Speech To Congress in Protest Against Iraq War
Thursday, July 27th, 2006
On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed a joint session of Congress. He was interrupted when CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin yelled out: “Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now.” Benjamin was arrested and charged with disrupting Congress. She joins us from Washington, where she is on her 24th day of a fast against the war. [includes rush transcript]
On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed a joint session of Congress. In his 30-minute speech al-Maliki stated that his country’s future depended on continued US commitment and that Iraq was a front line in the war on terrorism. At one point during the speech a protester began to scream ‘Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now.’
The protester, CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin, was arrested and charged with disrupting Congress. Medea is on her 24th day of a long-term fast for peace called - the Troops Home Fast. Also fasting is environmental activist and co-founder of CodePink Diane Wilson. Diane has said that she will continue fasting until the U.S commits to a plan to bring the troops home.
Medea Benjamin and Diane Wilson both join us from our Washington D.C. studio.
- Medea Benjamin. Longtime peace activist and founder of the anti-war group CODEPINK
- Diane Wilson. Texan environmental activist and co-founder of the anti-war group CODEPINK. She has been on a hunger strike outside the White House since July 4. She is the author of the book "An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas."