[News] Pacs godmother
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Tue May 3 08:36:15 EDT 2005
This escalated offensive against Black Liberation leader Assata Shakur
comes at the same time as Bush is harboring a convicted killer and CIA
Venezuelans Push for Posada Carriles´ Extradition
Caracas, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Human rights activists and people tortured
by terrorist of Cuban origin Luis Posada Carriles are organizing to request
the extradition of the criminal currently in US territory.
Jesus Moreno, who was tortured by the Venezuelan Political Police (DISIP)
under Posada Carriles´ orders, told Prensa Latina on Monday that a
committee has been created for this campaign to collect half a million
signatures of people demanding the criminal´s deportation.
Moreno added that the initiative had widespread support on Sunday during
May Day marches in Caracas and Puerto Ordaz.
He recalled that Posada was one of the perpetrators of the October 1976
mid-flight exploding of a Cubana Airline plane with 73 people aboard, and
mastermind of a chain of attacks on Cuban hotels, one of which killed
Italian tourist Fabio de Celmo on September 4, 1997.
He is wanted by Venezuela´s justice after escaping from a prison in the
South American country in 1985.
$1 million for Pacs godmother
Tuesday - May 3, 2005
JoAnne Chesimard, widely known as Assata Shakur, has a $1 million bounty on
her head for her capture issued by the government. This comes 30 years
after she escaped a maximum-security jail and found political sanctuary in
Cuba. For those not familiar with Tupacs godmothers past, Shakur was a
member of the Black Panther Party and was involved in a highly
controversial shootout in New Jersey that left two dead and two incarcerated.
The announcement ironically comes on the 32nd anniversary of the incident.
Artists such as Paris, Chuck D and Common have made songs supporting Shakur
and her noble cause. The fateful incident involved a supposed routine
pullover of Assata, Zayd Shakur and Sundiata Acolis vehicle for a broken
taillight. Temperatures escalated and various versions of the story have
been told but in the end Zayd Shakur and Trooper Werner Foerster were left
dead while Officer Harper and Assata were injured. Authorities state that
Shakur murdered Foerster executioner style even though she herself was
severely wounded being shot twice. She ended up convicted and spent 6 ½
years in the maximum-security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for
Women in New Jersey. She escaped in 1979 and found asylum in Cuba.
Many believe that she was set up for her involvement in the Black Panther
Party and became one of many political prisoners. The 57 year old still
maintains her innocence.
"She is now 120 pounds of money," State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes
said to the NJ Star-Ledger. "[This new initiative] is going to exert
pressures that weren't in place nationally and internationally before. And
we're going to follow up to make sure everybody is aware of this both
inside and outside of Cuba."
For more information on Shakur, check out her autobiography titled Assata.
and the FBI/NJ Police poster
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