Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Judge Fines Voices in the Wilderness $20K for Taking Medicine to Iraq 


Today, the judiciary branch of the U.S. government upheld a $20,000 fine against Voices in the Wilderness for bringing medicine to Iraqi citizens. The judge agrees in essence that it was lawful and proper for the U.S. government to deny needed drugs and medical supplies to Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens, despite the evidence that several hundred thousand innocent children were dying because of brutal economic sanctions.
[Posted By Gregoire]

By CounterPunch Wire
Republished from CounterPunch

Voices refuses to pay: "We will not pay one penny of this fine."

On August 12, 2005 U.S. Federal District Judge John Bates ordered payment of a $20,000 fine imposed against Voices in the Wilderness. Voices was fined for bringing medicine to Iraq in a classic campaign of open nonviolent civil disobedience to challenge the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the U.N. against Iraq. The U.S. Treasury Department initially imposed the fine in 2002, days after Voices participated in international actions to oppose the U.S. buildup for war against Iraq.

Judge Fines Voices in the Wilderness $20K for Taking Medicine to Iraq


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