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Boston outcry against terrorist in U.S.

Five men sit in prison. One goes free.

by Christopher Loh
May 10, 2007
Reprinted from BostonNOW

Five men sit in prison. One goes free.

A group of approximately 10 people stood silently in front of the Government Center MBTA stop with signs protesting the freedom of Luis Posada Carriles, who they maintain is a murderer.

Carriles was once jailed in Venezuela but escaped and now lives illegally in Miami. The Boston protestors want him tried in either the United State or Venezuela.

Protestors said the 79-year-old is terrorist with links to the CIA who has openly boasted of helping set off bombs in Havana just 10 years ago and was the alleged mastermind of a 1976 bombing of a civilian Cuban airplane that killed 73 people.

According to the protesters, the United States has wrongfully imprisoned The Cuban Five, who they maintain only infiltrated terrorist cells to prevent future attacks.

The five, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez have been locked in American prisons for the past eight years.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Noam Chomsky said there is no dispute Carriles should be prosecuted for his crimes.

"[The United States is] evading the issue," Chomsky told BostonNOW. "They don't want to try him here, because if they did they would have to bring up crimes they're implicated [in]."

Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo said he could not understand why Spanish-speaking illegal immigrants are threatened with deportation from New Bedford but a known terrorist remains free elsewhere.

"It escapes any logic," said Arroyo. "There is no reason."

Watch video of the demonstration accompanying the original article


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