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Fidel Castro defends Assata Shakur; Calls for mass demo May 17
15 May 2005
In major radio and television addresses the week of May 8, Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruiz reiterated the socialist state’s principled stand to extend political asylum to Assata Shakur. Castro also defended the Cuban Five and registered Cuba's protest against the U.S. government supporting and harboring anti-Cuban terrorists.
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Fidel Castro defends Assata Shakur,
Calls for mass demo May 17

By Bryan G. Pfeifer

In major radio and television addresses the week of May 8, Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruiz reiterated the socialist state’s principled stand to extend political asylum to Assata Shakur.

Unite States state department officials put Shakur on a government terrorist watch list in late April and on the same day, New Jersey state officials increased the reward for her capture to $1 million. Shakur, a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, was framed and convicted for the 1973 of killing a New Jersey State Trooper. She spent six years in a men’s maximum-security prison in New Jersey before being liberated by comrades in 1979. In 1984 Shakur made public her Cuban exile.

Castro said Shakur is "a true political prisoner,” and a victim of "the fierce repression against the Black movement in the United States." The charges against her are "an infamous lie," said Castro (

In response to the U.S.’ menacing action’s towards Shakur, Castro called for Cubans to mobilize for a May 17 rally in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana to defend Shakur and to demand the arrests of the real terrorists Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. The rally’s third demand is the release of the Cuban Five compatriots Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, serving 15 years to double life sentences in U.S. prisons since 1998 for attempting to forestall terrorists like Posada Carriles and Bosch (

FBI and CIA unclassified files show how intelligence bodies knew about Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch and other anti-Cuban terrorists’ activities in U.S. territory and elsewhere.

Castro said these documents reveal the terrorist essence of the group Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU), created and led by Bosch who currently lives in Miami.

CORU was founded in 1976 in Santo Domingo, where the blowing-up of the Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed all 73 people on board and the assassination of former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, were planned.

The group is also responsible for the assassination of Cuban-Puerto Rican citizen Carlos Muñiz Varela, who was shot to death for promoting normal relations with the socialist Caribbean Island and regular visits.

The FBI report even links Bosch to attacks on U.S. soil, including a bomb that exploded in its own office in Miami, in addition to other crimes in several Latin American and Caribbean countries (

The files and other CIA reports also contain details on how U.S. officials were informed about the criminal activities carried out by Posada Carriles, specifically the blowing-up of the Cuban airliner. Venezuela is now seeking his extradition because the airliner originated from that nation-state because the then Venezuelan state officials consented to this crime.

In comments to Prensa Latina May 14, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said he hoped “the US authorities, which have insisted so much in the fight against terrorism, validate their own words, proceed to arrest the terrorist and comply with their commitments.”

Unión Nacional de Trabajadores national coordinator Orlando Chirinos stated Posada should be extradited to Venezuela to be tried and make reparations to the airliners victim’s families.

Indigenous leader, deputy Noeli Pocaterra classified Posada’s stay in the U.S. a country that supposedly fights against terrorism, as “contradictory and absurd.”

Posada Carriles now walks free in Miami awaiting political asylum and most likely plotting more terrorist actions against the socialist island with other anti-Cuban individuals and organizations.

“In order to ask for Posada Carriles’ arrest, we will organize a march of the fighting people next Tuesday, May 17, on the United States Interests Section in Cuba,” said Castro (

“It is shameful that that criminal has been in Miami for two months, and the U.S. government is acting like it doesn’t know that fact. It is telling bald-faced lies, and in face of that crime, we are going to mobilize public opinion, to alert it; we will make a protest march against torture, disappearances and murder, so that deeds like the ones we have witnessed in Iraq are not repeated.”

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