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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Joe Hoeffel Arrested

Last week, as blogged below, Rep. Charles Rangel was arrested outside of the Sudanese embassey. Today Representative and Senatorial hopefull Joe Hoeffel was arrested outside the Sudanese embassey. He was fingerprinted and given a $50 fine.
Hoeffel, a Democrat from suburban Philadelphia, was joined by his wife, Francesca, and comedian-turned-activist Dick Gregory in the highly choreographed midday arrest amid a crowd of about 30 protesters singing, "We Shall Not be Moved."

"What is happening in the Sudan is genocide," said Hoeffel, a member of the House International Relations Committee who is running for the U.S. Senate this year against Republican Arlen Specter.

"It's government-sponsored genocide, and ethnic cleansing - partially based on race, partially based on religion," Hoeffel said. "It is wrong and it is time to call it for what it is: hateful genocide."

Tens of thousands of civilians have been slaughtered in the Sudan's western Darfur province in the past year and a half, and an estimated 1 million driven from their homes.

Human rights groups claim to have proof that the Sudanese government has armed, supported and given political cover to the Arab militiamen responsible. Sudan's government has denied any involvement in the attacks against blacks in the region.

An embassy spokesman did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday.

Sen. Clinton, Rep. Hoeffel, Gov. Rendell 
Joe Hoeffel for Senate page, US Representative page.

Great catch by dkossack xlation
Update: This article from CNN.com:
The United Nations says fighting between Arab Janjaweed militias and African rebels in Darfur, western Sudan, has killed some 30,000 people and created the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 1 million people forced to flee their homes.

The United States accuses Sudan's government of backing the Janjaweed in a campaign of ethnic cleansing marked by burning and looting of villages, murder and rape.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he told Sudanese leaders on Sunday of U.S. concerns over Darfur.

"I, the (U.S.) president (George W. Bush) and the international community remain completely dissatisfied with the security situation," Powell told reporters.

"Rapes are still occurring. People do not feel safe leaving the camps to go out and forage for food. The situation remains very, very serious, and first and foremost the security has to be dealt with," he added.

Powell's blunt comments suggest Washington may be closer to pushing for a vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution that would place an immediate travel and arms ban on the militias and threatens to extend the sanctions to the Khartoum government.


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