US Code Pink protestors to be deported from Pak

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Washington, Dec 5: Leader of the feminist US anti-war group ''Code Pink'' will be deported from Pakistan today for protesting against the emergency rule imposed in the South Asian nation.

Medea Benjamin was arrested at a student demonstration by agents of the Pakistan Inter-Service Intelligence in Lahore and detained for about four hours before being released with orders to leave the country this morning.

''I'm OK but a little shaken up,'' Ms Benjamin told The Washington Times over the phone. ''They mistreated us.'' The leader said she feared for life as the agents held her at gunpoint in a car speeding through the city to the police station.

Pakistani authorities also detained and ordered the deportation of another Code Pink activist Tighe Barry, who was participating in the student rally outside the Lahore Press Club.

''It's a sad state of affairs when the Pakistani government tries to harass and deport US human rights activists,'' Ms Benjamin said at the press club before her arrest.

Code Pink activists are arrested regularly here for disrupting congressional hearings on wars, targeting Democrats and Republicans with protests.


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