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EL PASO, TEXAS: Sun. Jan. 9 - People's Tribunal on Posada's Crimes
Mon. Jan. 10 - Protest Rally at Courthouse
when Posada's Trial Begins
Ramsey Clark to be one of the Tribunal participants
It has been a long and cruel 5-1/2 years for the families of the victims of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, since he first arrived in Miami, where he has been harbored by the U.S. government, despite his bloody history of murder and torture.
Over 34 years ago, 73 passengers and crew members of Cubana flight 455 were murdered by Posada and Orlando Bosch's attack; 13 years ago, Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo was murdered by a bomb planted by Posada's mercenaries.
New developments in Posada's case make the demand for his extradition and prosecution more urgent than ever!
In July 2010, Salvadoran terrorist Francisco Chávez Abarca - one of Posada's accomplices - was arrested as he tried to enter Venezuela at Maiquetía airport. He was immediately extradited to Cuba. In a stunning new documentary, "The Path of Terror", Chávez Abarca admits to having planted some of the bombs on Posada's orders in Havana hotels in the summer of 1997, which caused extensive damage and injury. Other mercenaries who were convicted in Cuba of planting bombs, Otto René Rodríguez Llerena and Raúl Cruz León, also admit that they were working for Posada.
Despite worldwide condemnation of Posada and demands for his extradition to Venezuela, the U.S. government is only putting Posada on trial for minor charges of perjury and immigration fraud, in an El Paso federal court, starting Jan. 10.
Come to El Paso to Demand "Extradite Posada, Free the Cuban Five!"
There will be a "People's Tribunal" Sunday, Jan. 9, 4 pm in El Paso, and a Protest rally, Monday, Jan. 10, 8 am, at the courthouse where Posada's trial will be held.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition - which has spearheaded a campaign for justice and Posada's extradition after he entered Miami illegally in March 2005 - along with the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of El Paso, the National Network on Cuba and other organizations, are sponsoring the events.
The "People's Tribunal" will hear the charges of terrorism against Posada and his accomplices, with testimony from expert witnesses. The U.S. government's support for the Miami terrorists will also be on trial.
Participants in the People's Tribunal include:
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Jose Pertierra, Venezuela's attorney for the extradition order of Posada
Keith Bolender, author of "Voices From the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba," the testimony of Cuban victims of Miami-based terrorism.
Gloria La Riva, coordinator, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Brian Becker, Director of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice
Activists are mobilizing in El Paso, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Austin, Phoenix, and other cities! Please use the signup form (link below) to let us know you can come to El Paso or that you can help promote the actions.