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Anti-War Activists Throw Shoes Outside White House

Group wants Iraqi journalist released



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    Medea Benjamin of Code Pink throws a flip-flop at a fellow member dressed as President George W. Bush during a protest in front of the White House.

    WASHINGTON -- About 20 people have protested the war in Iraq by tossing shoes at a fellow demonstrator wearing a prison uniform and mask of President George W. Bush outside the White House.

    The group yelled, "This is a goodbye kiss from the people of America!" They also arranged along a curb about 120 pairs of shoes tagged with the names of Iraqis who have died as a result of the war.
    Medea Benjamin, of the national peace group CODEPINK, said the protest was organized as a show of solidarity with Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who was jailed after throwing his shoes at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad on Sunday.
    The protesters on Tuesday delivered a letter to the Iraqi embassy calling for al-Zeidi to be released from jail.