[Ppnews] New German Statement on Mumia
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Mon Oct 5 10:23:46 EDT 2009
Controversy about possible execution of Mumia
By Anton Mestin
In recent weeks a group of neo-con journalists surrounding Mike
Smerconish from Philaldephia launched a media campaign to warm up the
american public to the idea of an execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Fully
aware that this won't go down well they wrote various articles all
over the US and in Europe, too.
At the same time Anti-Death Penalty activists and Mumia supporters
start mobilizing against the pending death threat that Mumia is
under. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could come any day now.
The lynch mob swings into action
In Germany e.g., the weekly DER SPIEGEL fell to their propaganda and
published Smerconish influenced lies on almost 5 pages this summer.
This article was widely discussed within the german movement to
support Mumia. Some of the letters and forum contributions can be found here:
Mike Smerconish is involved in media bias against Mumia Abu-Jamal for
the last 20 years. He published various articles and a book together
with Maureen Faulkner to increase the pressure for an execution of
Mumia. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - by some described as the
legal wing of the Clu Clux Clan - paid several million US-$ in the
past to support this campaign.
Now Smerconish paid a filmmaker, Tigre Hill to produce a new vicious
attack on reality. They will publish a film about Mumia Abu-Jamal and
Daniel Faulkner in December 2009. The german author Michael
Schiffmann had a look at various press releases and wrote the
following article with the title "The Fantasies of Joe McGill":
Since the FOP is very aware of the international solidarity for Mumia
Abu-Jamal they concentrate on public opinion in France and Germany,
too. Everyone interested could have a look on upcoming press releases
in Europe and counteract the attempt of distorting the truth in
regard to the injust incarceration of Mumia. He has set on
Pennsylvanian death row for more than 27 years. In April 2009 the
U.S. Supreme Court denied his last possible attempt to get a new
trial without any explanation. For this, again, they had to break
their own constitution. The latest example of the "Mumia exception"
is the neglection of ten jurors, who were simply excluded from the
jury in Mumias initial trial in 1981 because they were black. Since
1986 racist exclusion of jurors always led to completely new trials.
But for Mumia no court seems to be bound to the US constitution.
Now a decision by the same court is still pending on whether or not
to re-instate the death penalty against Mumia, as the District
Attourney of Philadephia demands. This decision could come any day now.
Resistance is growing - preparations are in progress
Supporters of Mumia in many countries call for action on the 3rd day
after the court's decision, if they decide to re-instate the death
penalty. In addition, in Germany many organizations call for a
central demonstration in Berlin towards the US embassy on the last
Saturday before a possible execution date:
Anti-Death Penalty activists noticed that authorities are likely to
speed up execution procedures if they expect protests. This could be
seen with the protests around Troy Davis last autumn. By now the
global Anti-Death Penalty movement saved Toy Davis' life for three
times already. Recently the US Supreme Court gave in and ordered a
new trial with clear instructions to listen to all the surpressed
evidence indicating his innocence.
Therefore supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal started mobilizing and
preparations against a possible death penalty re-installment already.
In the USA many concentrate on the Obama government. The NAACP and
others demand a civil rights investigation into the case of Mumia
Abu-Jamal. They want the Government and "...Attorney General Eric
Holder to immediately initiate a civil rights investigation
addressing a 27-year history of prosecutorial and judicial violations
of Mumia Abu-Jamal's constitutional and international rights..."
(qoute from the petition itself). To sign this petition online
everything can be found here:
A german version of this petition can be found here:
In Greece, Germany and Mexico public actions of civil disobediance
against US Government institutions are anounced already with new
calls to action joinning in on a daily basis.
Mumia's life is in great danger. Unlike 1995 and 1999, when hundreds
of thousands protested against the execution - then set by the
Pennsylvanian Governor - this time there wouldn't be any legal
avenues to counter a valid death penalty verdict. It is down to the
movement to find a political solution to the pending death threat.
But as with Troy Davis, who was in a similar situation almost a year
ago, it is possible to save Mumia Abu-Jamal's life yet again.
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