Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Shoes fly against Bush and against the war
by Larry Geller
Shoes are flying in organized and spontaneous demonstrations around the country. These photos are from a demonstration organized by Code Pink, on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House. Shoes were aimed at a volunteer wearing a papier-mâché Bush head and prison stripes.
According to tonight's WBAI news, some people FedEx'd their shoes to be included in the demonstration.
A Code Pink rally also took place at a Marine recruiting station in Berkeley. Other demonstrations were held at federal buildings across the country, according to WBAI news.
Demonstrators also sought to protect the Iraqi reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi of Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV. It appears that he was badly beaten by Iraqi police and may face long jail time.
(WBAI also reported that the head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York, Elliot Sander, who has just warned that due to economic conditions some subway lines could be cut off, waits between trains and buses increased, and fares go up to $2.50 per ride, was almost the target of a shoe throwing today, but the police grabbed the guy with the shoe in his hand.)
Under Saddam, the reporter in Iraq would not have been free to throw his shoe. He just showed how effective Bush has been at giving he liberty.