For Immediate Release
April 10, 2017: CODEPINK announces two actions that will be taking place this week:
1. Wednesday, April 12, from 4:30-6:00 pm
Saudi Arabian Embassy, 601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW WDC 20037
2.Thursday, April 13, at 12:00 pm
In front of the White House
President Trump said the horrific death of the beautiful babies in Syria made him take action against the Assad regime. US activists will be showing Trump and the Saudis pictures of the beautiful babies who have been dying a horrific death—death by starvation—because of the Saudi bombing of hospitals, clinics and civilian infrastructure. The US is supplying the Saudis with bombs and assisting them in this devastating military intervention in the internal affairs of Yemen, taking that country to the brink of famine.
While Yemeni children are starving, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are profiting from weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The activists will be calling for an end to the weapons sales and airstrikes, a silencing of all guns, a negotiated settlement to the war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the hungry people.
These actions will coincide with a week-long vigil and fast in front of the United Nations by approximately 20 peace activists calling for peace in Yemen and standing in solidarity with its civilian population. They will also be demanding an end to U.S. complicity in a war that is taking a devastating toll on the Yemeni people.
“We call on the Saudis and Donald Trump to look at the horrific effect their bombing is having on the beautiful babies in Yemen, where one child is dying every ten minutes from the effects of this war,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “Trump should be concerned about all suffering babies, whether they are in Syria or Yemen, and do what he can to alleviate their suffering. In the case of Yemen it is easy: Stop the bombing; Stop US support to the Saudi regime.”