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Posada Carriles Must Be Tried for Terrorism, U.S. Activists Demand

Apr. 16, 2007
Reprinted from Cuban News Agency

Havana, April 16 (acn) New voices in the United States demand that Luis Posada Carriles be tried for terrorism and not under migratory charges.

Miami-based Cuban and Venezuelan organizations joined the U.S. National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and the ANSWER Coalition to announce a demonstration next May 11 at El Paso, Texas, where Posada Carriles is to face a trial under migratory charges, which has been denounced as a farce orchestrated by Washington.

Andres Gomez, director of the Areito magazine and founder of the Antonio Maceo Brigade announced the initiative by the activists from Miami, Florida and from other US states.

Luis Posada Carriles must be tried for his terrorist crimes demanded several organizations like The Antonio Maceo Brigade, the Alianza Martiana, Trabajadores de la Comunidad Cubana, the Jose Marti Association, the Association of Christian Women in Defense of the Family and the Circulo Bolivariano de Miami.

In their message the organizations reminded the Bush administration that the United States is a signatory country of international laws and treaties that oblige it to choose between two alternatives: to judge Posada for what he is (a terrorist), or to extradite him to Venezuela, where he is accused of having planned the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 which killed 73 people.

The message by the Miami-based organizations mentions renowned ultra-right terrorists who live freely and with impunity in that U.S. city, under the protection of the Federal Government, while they conspire to commit more crimes. The names mentioned in the message include Orlando Bosch, co-author along Posada of the 1976 bombing of the Cubana civil plane, Pedro Remón, Gaspar Jiménez Escobedo and Guillermo Novo, all involved in the Operation Condor and in a failed life attempt against President Fidel Castro at the University of Panama.

How could the United States call for international cooperation against terrorism if Washington protects terrorists like Posada and the others?, reads the message by the organizations.

Similarly, the Madrid Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five said that the US administration can not speak of a war against terror because it is implementing a policy of destruction against other nations and because it allows criminal organizations in US territory, like those of Cuban origin based in Miami. Washington can not talk of a war against terror as long as it keeps in US jails the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters: Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero y Fernando González, known as the Cuban Five, the stressed the organizations in their message announcing their demonstration next May, at El Paso, Texas.


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