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Code Pink: “They Totally Terrorized Us”

An update on this harrowing tale from the Washington Times:


[AP caption:] U.S. human rights activists Medea Benjamin, right, and Tighe Barry.

Pakistan sees red over Code Pink activists’ antics

December 5, 2007

By S.A. Miller – Pakistani authorities yesterday ordered the deportation of the leader of the feminist U.S. antiwar group Code Pink, who was in Lahore to join protests against the emergency rule imposed by President Pervez Musharraf, according to a spokeswoman for the group.

Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of the group, said she was arrested at a student demonstration by agents of the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence and detained for about four hours before being released with orders to leave the country this morning.

“I’m OK. A little shaken up,” Ms. Benjamin told The Washington Times by telephone from her hotel in Lahore. “They mistreated us.”

Ms. Benjamin said she feared for her life as the agents held her at gunpoint in a car speeding through the city to the police station.

“I thought I was going to die in the car,” she said. “They totally terrorized us.”

Pakistani authorities also detained and then ordered the deportation of Tighe Barry, a longtime Code Pink activist who was participating in the students’ rally outside the Lahore Press Club…

Ms. Benjamin said her ordeal in Pakistan had not changed her view of the protest she leads in the United States. Rather, she said, she was inspired by the struggle against emergency rule imposed Nov. 3 by Mr. Musharraf.

“We’ll probably be doing a protest at the Pakistan Embassy as soon as we get back to D.C.,” Ms. Benjamin said.

Ms. Benjamin and Mr. Barry plan to fly back to Washington today.

“They like totally terrorized us. It was like so bogus.”

Even so, the most revolting thing about this story is that most of the wire service reports on Code Pink describe them as a “human rights” group.

Such as in this all too typical article from their fans at Reuters:

Two U.S. rights activists ordered out of Pakistan

Wed Dec 5, 2007

By Kamran Haider

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have ordered two U.S. human rights activists out of the country after they held a vigil to protest against the detention of an opposition lawyer, one of the activists said on Wednesday…

When, in truth, Code Pink are simply America-hating stooges reportedly in the pay of that great human rights champion, Hugo Chavez.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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