Monday, December 13, 2004

Citizens for Pablo: The military is calling him a deserter and a fugitive. (Video)

Citizens for Pablo: "On December 6, 2004 Petty Officer Third Class Pablo Paredes made the courageous decision of presenting his conscientious objection to war and unjustified loss of human life. The USS Bonhomme Richard, the flagship of a six-ship strike group carrying 3000 Marines, left San Diego for a tour of duty in the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf without Pablo Paredes. This action will inevitably carry military consequences as there is a military investigation and sanctions are more than likely. Fortunately, various organizations are rallying behind Paredes' cause to provide the proper representation and ensure his actions will not be in vain. In addition, his family proudly supports his bravery.

On December 6, 2004 Pablo Paredes reported to the 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego and refused to board the ship to protest the current US war. He reported to the pier wearing civilian clothing and a T-shirt that read: 'Like a cabinet member, I resign.' 'I just want people to know how many Americans feel about the war' Pablo explained ''s not just a few crazy liberals trying to get the attention of the media.' While the Navy officers on hand did try to persuade him to board the ship and cease protest; Pablo maintained his position and did not board the ship. He went on to give several short interviews for local media while at the Pier. "

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