[Ppnews] Free Leonard Peltier! Malcolm McLaren uses last words to call for release
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Free Leonard Peltier! Malcolm McLaren uses last
words to call for release of American Indian killer
Last updated at 2:11 AM on 10th April 2010
Malcolm McLaren and Young Kim
Punk: Malcolm McLaren and Young Kim
Even at the end, the godfather of punk remained
true to his anti-establishment roots. The last
words of Malcolm McLaren were a plea for the
release of a radical American Indian convicted of killing two FBI agents.
Moments before he died of a rare form of cancer
at a clinic in Switzerland, the man who created
the Sex Pistols turned to his family and said: Free Leonard Peltier.
Although an obscure cause to some, Peltier is
known to supporters as a charasmatic leader of
the American Indians and has been at the centre
of a global campaign for his freedom. The
65-year-old remains in prison in Pennsylvania
with no chance of release until 2024.
McLarens former partner, the designer Dame
Vivienne Westwood, has been a vocal member of the
campaign and has produced T-shirts appealing for his freedom.
Speaking for the first time since McLarens death
on Thursday, his son Joe Corre revealed the final
message could have been inspired by a T-shirt
worn to the hospital by the music managers stepson, Ben.
Joe said: His last words were Free Leonard
Peltier. Ben had a T-shirt with the slogan on
and my father saw this and admired it.
He was proud of Ben for this and he had a sense
of humour to the end. He smiled. My father was a
very special person. A person who changed the
world. I am incredibly proud of him.
Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies in Switzerland aged 64
Joe said that in the final hours, his father had
been in and out of consciousness, but we had some good conversations.
According to his wishes, McLaren will be buried
in Highgate Cemetery, London, in his new suit.
The 64-year-old had been diagnosed with cancer
some time ago, but it returned in October. After
seeing specialists in Paris, London and New York,
he travelled to Switzerland to seek a clinic providing alternative therapies.
The cancer was mesothelioma, a rare form that
develops in the protective lining that covers
many of the bodys internal organs. It is usually
caused by exposure to asbestos.
American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier
Prison: American Indian Leonard Peltier has no chance of release until 2024
Three weeks ago he checked himself into a clinic
in Bellinzona in the south of the country, but on
April 2 his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to a local hospital.
When he died, he was surrounded by his partner of
ten years, Young Kim, 37, as well as Joe, his son
by Dame Vivienne, and Ben, her son by first husband Derek.
Joe, 42, the co-founder of lingerie company Agent
Provocateur, was yesterday arranging for his
fathers body to be returned to the UK.
He said: He had a very aggressive and rare form
of cancer. No one knows how he contracted it. The
most common cause is asbestos but he had never
been in contact with that. Steve McQueen died of it too.
The standard cancer medicines and treatments
either didnt work or were too risky. Its very
difficult to treat. He found out he had cancer
last October. I didnt know about it. He kept it
to himself. I was not informed until recently.
He saw a number of specialists
but in the end he
decided to try alternative medicine. They looked
at his diet and tried various types of treatment,
including one involving mistletoe.
He responded to the treatment it was quite
effective. It was a three-week course and it made
him feel much better. So a few weeks ago he
decided to return. But he suddenly deteriorated.
Joe said plans had yet to be made for the
funeral, but so many people wanted to come it was
likely there would be a family service and another event.
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