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r u t h o u t's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground in New York filming
the events when the arrests took place. Rebecca described the police as
very rough. She said that many in the crowd were thrown against a
building including the press. She described the arrestees as being
"drug off" in a rough manner. TO also spoke to Cindy Sheehan's sister
Dee Dee Miller who spoke to Cindy after the arrest. Dee Dee said that
Cindy indicated that the police were very rough with her and the other
three arrested. She said that they were requesting an ambulance but we
have not confirmed that anyone was seriously injured. Ann Wright who
was also on the scene confirmed that the police were very rough and
described that the arestees were carried with their arms behind their
backs. She said at times that their arms were raised very high which
could have caused an injury. We will have footage of the arrests very
Steve Kent from Democracy Now! has provided us with the following update:
is an update on the arrest of Cindy Sheehan and three other activists
at the UN today when they attempted to deliver a petition with 72,000
signatures organized by womensaynotowar.org to the United States
mission. The four are being held now at Police Service Area 4, 8th
Street and Avenue C, on their way to the DA's office. They are to be
charged with resisting arrest. Sheehan is apparently rather injured
from the arrest, according to Rev. Patti Ackerman who just called from
custody, with a wrenched arm and bruises on her torso and head from
being dropped on the pavement. After initially telling the activists
they could deliver the petitions to a receptionist at the US Mission,
where they had an appointment to do so, the New York police cited a
change of plan from "higher up" and moved in to prevent the delivery
and arrest the activists. In addition to rough handling of Ms. Sheehan,
one of the Iraqi women with the group was punched in the stomach. This
according to Rev. Ackerman on the phone. One broadcast producer with
whom I spoke who saw footage of the incident said the police were
"particularly nasty" in their handling of the women.
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Cindy Sheehan Arrested in NY Protest
Monday 06 March 2006
York - Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist whose son was killed in the
Iraq war, was arrested with three other protesters in New York on
Monday after a rally with women from Iraq.
became a central figure in the US anti-war movement last summer after
she camped outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch and has been
arrested at least two other times at protests.
Monday, she had joined a delegation of women from Iraq at the rally at
the United Nations, urging the United Nations to help prevent civil war
20 protesters went to the US mission to the United Nations to deliver a
petition with 60,000 signatures seeking an end to the war. Nobody from
the mission received them so Sheehan and three other American women sat
down in front of the building, refused to leave, and were arrested.
A police spokesman said they were expected to be released later on Monday.
Iraqi women plan to deliver a petition to the White House on Wednesday.
Earlier they held a news conference at U.N. headquarters calling for
the United States to withdraw its forces.
Mohammad Ariabi, a pharmacist at Baghdad's Yarmook Teaching Hospital,
wept as she told reporters of the hardships experienced by Iraqi women.
occupation has destroyed our country, made it into a prison," she said.
"Schools are bombed, hospitals are bombed."
thank you, Mr. Bush, for liberating our country from Saddam. But now,
go out! Please go out!" she said.
Cindy Sheehan and Three Others Arrested
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Monday 06 March 2006
take place after US Mission to the UN refused to meet with delegation
of women visiting from Iraq and Gold Star Families for Peace.
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."
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.
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.
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.