[Pnews] Political prisoner of war, Robert Seth Hayes, paroled after 45 years

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  Political prisoner of war, Robert Seth Hayes, paroled after 45 years

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            *AUTODIDACT 17*
            <http://amsterdamnews.com/staff/autodidact-17/> | 8/9/2018

Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist 
Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday. He joins a 
short list of revolutionaries from the 1960s and 1970s who are now 
hitting New York’s streets as elderly men after spending decades in the 
belly of the beast, simply for fighting for their freedom.

Hayes denied participating in the June 1973 Bronx shooting death of New 
York Transit cop Sidney Thompson, but he was arrested, convicted and 
sentenced to 25 years to life nonetheless. He had been hit with “five 
counts of murder, attempted murder, third degree criminal possession of 
a weapon and multiple counts of robbery.”

Even though he has maintained a clean disciplinary prison record, has 
been eligible for parole since 1998 and has been in poor health in 
recent years, he has continuously been denied after each hearing, every 
two years. The Parole Board argued that “he remained a threat to society.”

After 10 failed attempts, he was finally granted parole on his 11th try, 
20 years later.

“We are elated to report that respected elder Robert Seth Hayes was 
granted parole and released July 24, 2018, having met all criteria for 
release according to his sentence,” read a statement from the New York 
City Jericho Movement. “The parole commissioners recognized his progress 
after serving 45 years in prison and granted his parole application at 
his 11th parole hearing. He is looking forward to being reunited with 
his family and friends. We welcome him home! We spoke with Seth today, 
and he is grateful to all of his friends and supporters. Once he gets 
settled in, he plans to write a statement of his own.”

There are still more than two dozen “political prisoners of war” who 
remain captured behind enemy lines. Ten have died while there, since 
2010. Many of the militants were in their early twenties when they 
joined revolutionary organizations and took up arms to combat police 
terrorism. They fought for Black Power, and many were framed and 
incarcerated, or lost their lives in the trenches while fighting.

To quote late, great one-time “prisoner in exile” Herman Ferguson, “Free 
‘em all!”

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