Heckler to Cheney: You destroyed Iraq and you’re destroying this country

Heckler to Cheney: You destroyed Iraq and you’re destroying this country

Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:30PM GMT

A number of protesters have disrupted an event participated by former US vice president Dick Cheney, calling him a war criminal over the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“Dick Cheney — war criminal,” one protester shouted as she held an “Arrest Cheney” in the event held in Washington D.C. on Monday.

“You destroyed Iraq and you’re destroying this country,” the woman continued. “Dick Cheney should be arrested.”

Another protester also interrupted the event a couple of minutes later.

Anti-war group Code Pink intern Anastasia Taylor said the group was behind the protest.

“It was a success because we had so much time where it was focused on us and we actually interrupted the speech,” she said. “Dick Cheney and his family were cracking jokes at us to try to defuse [the situation] because it was so awkward for them, it was so awkward for everybody.”

“We want to send a clear message to Dick Cheney that we haven’t forgotten his crime of dragging us into a devastating war in Iraq that was built on lies. Our group bird-dogs him and other war criminals. Cheney should not be on a book tour, he should be in jail!” a rep for Code Pink said.

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

A War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia in 2011 found former US President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of war crimes for their roles in the Iraq war.

The tribunal judges also stated that the US, under the leadership of Bush, fabricated documents to make it appear that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

However, the world later learned that the former Iraqi regime did not possess WMDs and that the US and British leaders knew this all along.

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