[Marxism] No asylum for Posada!

Ivan D. ivanddrury at yahoo.ca
Wed May 18 02:13:18 MDT 2005

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Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba - VCSC





On May 17th 2005, over one million Cubans joined on the streets of Havana to demand “Down with Terrorism!” This huge march came at a time when the people of Cuba are putting increasing amounts of pressure on the US government to expose the contradictions in their supposed fight against terrorism. 


Their fight is specifically aimed at Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Cuban terrorist who was formerly on CIA payroll and is currently seeking asylum in the United States. Cuba’s case against Posada is solid, and together with Venezuela the two countries are demanding that Posada be extradited to Venezuela where he previously escaped from prison while awaiting trial. Posada has not only been convicted of attempting to assassinate Fidel Castro, he has also admitted his role in the string of bombings that took place at tourist locations throughout Cuba in 1997. Newly declassified CIA and FBI documents also revealed Posada’s heavy involvement in the planning of the bombing of a Cubana Airlines flight in 1976, which killed all 73 passengers on board. 


Despite this pressure the US government is continuing to ignore the issue. Further proof of their hypocrisy is shown in the case of the Cuban 5, five Cubans who went to the US to investigate anti-Cuban terrorist groups in Miami, who were imprisoned with sentences ranging from 15 years to double life. This is at the same time that a genuine terrorist like Posada is reported to be currently enjoying a relaxing stay in Miami.  At the May 17th march against terrorism Fidel Castro said, “The current US President has tolerated the presence of Posada Carriles on US soil for weeks in what constitutes a flagrant violation of that country’s own laws by those with the highest responsibility for protecting the US people from terrorist attacks… Never before have people behaved with so much dishonesty and hypocrisy.”


On May 14th, in response to the demands put forward by Cuba and Venezuela, along with other organizations internationally, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) took up the call with a petition demanding: “No Asylum for Luis Posada Carriles! Defend Cuba Against Terrorist Attacks! Honour the Extradition Demand of Venezuela!” 


The petition is available at Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba’s (VCSC) website: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/noposada.pdf  


It is also available without Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba’s name for wider distribution at: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/noposada2.pdf


For more information please contact Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba at:
cubacommunities at yahoo.ca | 778-882-5223 


US President George W. Bush and the US Congress: 


Luis Posada Carriles is an admitted anti-Cuba terrorist. As a former CIA operative, he received training from the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1963. His long terrorist résumé includes a conviction for attempting to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro in Panama using explosives, and, by his own admission, a string of bombings at tourist spots in Cuba in 1997, which killed an Italian tourist and wounded 11 other people. 


Additionally, recently declassified CIA and FBI documents reveal that he was heavily involved in planning the bombing of a Cubana Airlines passenger flight in 1976 that killed all 73 passengers on board. These are just a few items on a very long list of attacks Carriles has organized or carried out. 


Posada came to the US sometime in late March or early April 2005, and is seeking asylum. He is only one terrorist in a whole line of anti-Cuba terrorists that have been backed by the US government. The hypocrisy of the US government’s “war on terrorism” and “anti-terrorist” policies are clearly exposed as lies by their support of Posada. The Cuban Five (five Cubans who came to the US to gather information about anti-Cuba terrorist groups operating freely in the US to prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba) were imprisoned by the US administration with sentences ranging from 15 years to double life. Yet, a genuine terrorist like Posada walks freely in the US. Venezuela has formally filed an extradition request for Posada (Posada escaped from a prison in Venezuela while awaiting trial for bombing the Cubana Airlines flight), and Cuba has also requested that he be extradited to Venezuela. 


We, the undersigned demand that this confessed and convicted terrorist must not be granted asylum by the US government and must be extradited to Venezuela.

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