(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 24

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 09:09:23 +0200


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Periodically, AFIB will post updates on topical events of
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bulletin, supplements will provide coverage of breaking
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CONTENTS: Supplement 24

1. (COORD. 96) A Call For Justice!
2. (SB) Immigrant Bashing Precipitated Riverside
Beating
3. (AP) Woman Says She Feared For Her Life In
Videotaped Beating
4. (REUTER) South African Neo-Nazis Get 26 Years Jail
For Bombings
5. (AP) No Wimps, Liberals Welcome At Jubilee
Meeting
6. (CD) Canadian Dimension: Christian Coalition
Comes To Town
7. (REUTER) Rightist Group Plans Auschwitz March To Back
Shop
8. (AP) Colonel Who Accused Officials Of Cover-Up
Now Facing Court Martial
9. (REUTER) Mississippi Spy Agency Has 87,000 Names On
File

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** Topic: Mexicans / Latinos Demand Justice **
** Written 4:10 AM Apr 3, 1996 by bwitanek in
cdp:justice.polabuse **
From: Bob Witanek <bwitanek@igc.apc.org>

Posted BETO@ucrac1.ucr.edu Wed Apr 3 00:35:24 1996
Subject: A CALL FOR JUSTICE!

--Note: Following is the text of two fliers issued in Riverside,
California by numerous Mexican/Latino community organizations in
response to the beating incident of Mexican immigrant workers,
which, as is known by now, resulted in the wake of a freeway
chase through Riverside and Los Angeles counties in Southern
California. Also included is the press release issued by Bishop
Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino,
California with respect to the same incident. These texts appear
verbatim.
Posted: Roberto R. Calderon/beto@ucrac1.ucr.edu
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FIRST TEXT:

A Call for Justice!

The Mexican Political Organization and MEChA Chapters and other
community organizations are disgusted and outraged at the vicious
beating of our people by the Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies
on April 1st!

We're asking all community organizations and people of conscience
to join us in a protest against police brutality! This brutality
must stop immediately and those deputies responsible should be
arrested and convicted for violations of basic human rights. We
must not permit the sheriff's department to sweep this under the
rug. There's no justification in this human rights violation.
This beating sends a message to all people that no one is safe as
long as this type of behavior persists. Come to the
demonstration! Bring your signs, bring your friends, bring your
banners. But most of all, bring your corazon!

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An attack against one, is an attack against all!
April 3, 1996 at 1:00 P.M.
Robert Presley Detention Center
4000 N. Orange Street, Riverside, CA
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We have invited the Mexican Consulate to join the protest against
police brutality!

For more information call: (909)488-1954

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

SECOND TEXT:

LA RAZA COALITION

TO STUDENTS OF MECHA & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS OF THE INLAND
EMPIRE.

THE TIME HAS COME FOR LA RAZA TO UNITE AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.
THE RECENT BEATING OF OUR GENTE BY THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ON APRIL 1, 1996, HAS BROUGHT A LOT OF
ANGER AND INJUSTICE TO OUR ATTENTION. BUT THIS ISN'T THE
FIRST TIME THE CHICANO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY THE
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. PLEASE COME AND JOIN OUR CAUSE IN
ASSURING THAT JUSTICE IS SERVED!

WHERE: RIVERSIDE CITY HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1996
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
CONTACT: CENTRO DE AZTLAN (909)369-9883

THIRD TEXT:

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP, DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO

Press Release: Contact Rev. Howard Lincoln (909)875-1360 or
820-4151

BISHOP BARNES REACTS TO BEATINGS OF SUSPECTED UNDOCUMENTED
IMMIGRANTS BY RIVERSIDE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES.

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino,
which includes Riverside County, made the following statement
concerning yesterday's beatings of suspected undocumented
immigrants by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies.

"While the Riverside County Sheriff's Department has served the
community in protecting its citizens, I wish to express my
outrage at the unconscionable and condemnable actions of the
Riverside County sheriff's deputies who engaged in the violent
beatings of two suspected undocumented immigrants which so many
of us viewed with revulsion and anger during yesterday's
television newscasts. For many, seeing the video was a bitter
and profoundly sad deja-vu. Have we learned nothing from the
Rodney King beating? Is our alienation against the poor and
disenfranchised so entrenched in our being that clubbing what
appeared to be passive and unarmed human beings is seen as
falling within the purview of lawful necessary force?

The Catholic Church has a moral mandate to be a voice for the
voiceless. Accordingly, on behalf of all Catholics in Riverside
and San Bernardino counties, I support the initiative for a full
investigation of this incident be immediately implemented, and
that training procedures concerning behavior after high-speed
pursuits be reviewed and strengthened. I also call for calm
within our communities. Rioting and violence invariably hurt
the poor, the minorities, and the innocent with the greatest
impact.

Christians and Jews throughout the world have begun their
celebration and reflection of this Holy and Sacred Season.
For Christians this affords us the valuable opportunity of
knowing Jesus by mediating on the events of his passion and
death. Like these immigrant victims of yesterday, Jesus too
was beaten and horribly mistreated. Jesus suffered this torment
out of love for us. We can show our love for God by never
becoming complacent with the violent conduct demonstrated
yesterday by anyone, and by vowing to never exclude any race
or class of people from our love and concern.

1201 East Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92404
Telephone: (909)475-5110 * Fax: (909)475-5109

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COORDINADORA 96 COORDINADORA 96 COORDINADORA 96 COORDINADORA 96
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JOIN THE NATIONAL MOBILIZATION & MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. --
OCTOBER 12

SUPPORT PROPOSITION ONE:
1. Human and Constitutional Rights for All
2. Equal Opportunities and Affimative Action
3. Public Education for All Children
4. Preserve and Expand Public Health Services
5. Citizen Police Review Boards
6. Labor Law Reform and $7.00 per Hour Minimum Wage
7. Citizenship Now and Extend the Date of Eligibility for Amnesty

96 WILL BE DC 96 WILL BE DC 96 WILL BE DC 96 WILL BE DC 96 WILL
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OCTOBER 12, 1996 OCTOBER 12, 1996 OCTOBER 12, 1996 OCTOBER 12,
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Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 09:27:30 -0800 (PST)
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ACTIVISTS: IMMIGRANT BASHING PRECIPITATED RIVERSIDE BEATING
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Apr 3, 1996 10:33 a.m. EST) -- The bashing
of two illegal immigrants by Riverside County sheriff's deputies
after a high-speed chase has stoked the fiery immigration debate
that has polarized much of California and the nation.

Tuesday, no less than 15 human rights organizations in Los
Angeles condemned the beatings -- videotaped by a TV news
helicopter and broadcast repeatedly throughout the Americas --
and called for a federal probe.

The FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the
Mexican Consul General's office and the Los Angeles and Riverside
sheriff's departments are all investigating the incident, which
unfolded Monday after a pickup crammed with 19 illegal immigrants
dodged a Border Patrol checkpoint near Temecula, about 60 miles
north of the border.

Many immigrants'-rights advocates said the beatings symbolize
the immigrant-bashing atmosphere that exists in California --
much like the 1991 videotaped stomping of African American Rodney
King by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies became a symbol of
police racism and brutality.

"We condemn the atmosphere that creates a license for these
types of abuses," said Bobbi Murray, communications director for
the Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles
(CHIRLA).

CHIRLA, in a report titled "Hate Unleashed: Los Angeles in the
Aftermath of 187," claims abuse of immigrants -- including hate
crimes and police brutality -- has increased since November 1994,
when California voters passed Proposition 187, a measure designed
to keep illegal immigrants from getting public educations or
medical care.

Felix De La Torre, an analyst for the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), said he was sickened by
the beatings, but added, "We're not really surprised, with the
anti-immigrant climate fostered by our governor and others."

Gov. Pete Wilson -- who has blamed many of California's ills
on illegal immigrants -- Tuesday condemned the beatings, saying,
"From the videotape, it certainly seems that excessive force was
used ... that conduct can't be tolerated."

So did the INS's deputy director for the Los Angeles area,
Rosemary Melville. "We deplore the beating and the chase as well
as the beating," she said. "Whatever smuggling organization was
involved put people at severe risk."

The pickup truck led Riverside County sheriff's deputies on a
70-mile chase that reached speeds of 100 miles an hour. The
pickup reportedly sideswiped several motorists and lost its
camper shell during the chase, which ended in Los Angeles County.

About 10 miles east of Los Angeles, the pickup stopped on the
shoulder of a freeway. Seventeen illegal immigrants, all men,
scattered and were rounded up by different law-enforcement
agencies. But the woman in the passenger seat, Leticia
Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 32, said "she was grabbed out of the car by
her hair by an officer in a beige uniform and beaten eight or
nine times ... with a nightstick until she started fading," said
one of her attorneys, David Spivak.

The videotape shows a Caucasian sheriff's deputy, swinging his
baton like a baseball bat, clubbing a man believed to be
Gonzalez-Gonzalez's common-law husband, Andrian Flores Martinez,
26, six times about the neck, arms and shoulders as Martinez
crumpled to the ground.

The same deputy is shown bashing Gonzalez-Gonzalez three
times, then grabbing her by the hair and throwing her to the
ground, where another deputy clubs her.

Neither immigrant seemed to be resisting arrest. Both were
bruised, Melville said.

Riverside County sheriff's deputies Tracy Watson and Kurtis
Franklin have been suspended with pay during the investigation.

Allan Parachini, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties
Union of Southern California, said the bashing spotlights not
only how immigrants are treated by law enforcement, but also
police pursuit behavior: "What we call high-speed syndrome ...
either crashing cars that hurt or kill innocent people or
officers getting such high adrenaline levels going that they
literally can't stop, they mete out street justice on people even
if those people aren't trying to resist or escape."

An ACLU survey of 682 police pursuits in 1992 by the Los
Angeles, Riverside and San Bernadino county sheriff's departments
showed that three suspects were killed and 121 injured --
including 49 after the chase. Also injured were 42 officers and
35 other people.

Not everyone condemned the actions of the Riverside County
deputies.

Ron Prince, co-author of Proposition 187, said, "Hopefully, it
sends a message that we do not want more illegal immigration to
California."

By trying to dump the camper shell in the path of pursuing
officers, and then ramming innocent motorists, the illegal
immigrants were guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, Prince
contended.

Prince said the officers were justified in using force to take
the two immigrants into custody because "they did not get down on
the ground as they were ordered to do ... some of this is
hyperbole on the part of political interests trying to make as
much out of this as possible."

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WOMAN SAYS SHE FEARED FOR HER LIFE IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (Apr 4, 1996 8:18 p.m. EST) -- Alicia Sotero
Vazquez crossed the border from Mexico so her children could have
a better life, she said from a hospital bed. After sheriff's
deputies clubbed her, she feared for her own.

"I just prayed to God to help me, because I have kids, and my
family," Sotero said Wednesday in a tearful interview with TV
station KMEX.

Sotero, 32, and Enrique Funes Flores were beaten Monday by two
sheriff's deputies after a high-speed chase in a pickup crammed
with other Mexicans suspected of sneaking across the border.

News helicopters videotaped the chase and beating, and the
footage was played repeatedly in the United States and Mexico.

Riverside County Sheriff Larry Smith condemned the beatings
Wednesday, calling them a shocking use of excessive force.

Sotero had worked in a now-closed clothing factory in Mexico
to support her daughter, 11, and son, 9. She then worked odd jobs
but couldn't make enough money, she said.

"I'm really poor, and that's why I decided to come over here,
to get my kids an education because I never had one. I only
finished second grade," she said.

Tears rolled down her cheeks as she spoke from her bed at an
undisclosed hospital where she was treated for dehydration and
bruises.

"They hit me worse than an animal," she said. "I just wish
they are punished because I didn't do anything bad."

Deputies Tracy Watson and Kurtis Franklin were both suspended
with pay. Franklin has been with the department for 20 years,
Watson for five.

Sotero was shoved face-first into the hood of the truck,
grabbed by the hair and pulled to the ground, then clubbed
repeatedly.

The deputies "used vicious, hateful words," she said in
today's Los Angeles Times. "I don't speak English, but I could
feel their hate."

Eighteen men in the truck who were detained after the chase,
all identified as illegal immigrants from Mexico, were released
Wednesday from a federal detention center in Los Angeles. They
will be given "voluntary departure" status, which allows them to
remain in the country for six months.

Funes, who had been in the back of the truck, is Sotero's
boyfriend. He was jailed briefly, then released Tuesday after
officials determined he was not the driver.

Sotero's lawyer, David Ross, said Wednesday that he has
received eight to 10 threats since taking the case.

"I got a couple of really sinister messages, with violence
intended," he told The Associated Press. He has increased
security at his law office.

The Riverside County sheriff's department, the Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Department, and the FBI are investigating the
beatings.

"There will be no cover-up," Smith said. "No one is above the
law."

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S. AFRICA NEO-NAZIS GET 26 YEARS JAIL FOR BOMBINGS
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 Reuter Information Service

JOHANNESBURG (Apr 3, 1996 08:45 a.m. EST) - Five South African
neo- Nazis were each jailed for 26 years on Wednesday after being
convicted of murdering 20 people in a bombing blitz aimed at
disrupting South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994.

Women relatives wept as the judge read out the long sentences
and were consoled by Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) leader
Eugene Terre Blanche, who led them from the Rand Supreme Court in
Johannesburg.

Terre Blanche, wearing a camouflage uniform, told reporters he
did not want to react immediately to the sentencing of the men,
members of his white right-wing movement.

"I will comment tonight," he said, referring to a rally of his
neo-Nazi group taking place in Pretoria on Wednesday night.

Judge Monus Flemming delayed sentence against four
right-wingers still on the run after escaping from prison last
month.

Five others, convicted of possessing weapons and explosives,
were sentenced to terms ranging from three to just over six
years.

Joan and John Keane, the parents of 37-year-old bombing victim
Susan Keane, a prospective candidate for the African National
Congress, said the sentences against those convicted of murder
were "reasonable" but the others were "a travesty of justice."

"They (the bombers) are the essence of evil," Joan Keane told
reporters after attending the sentencing with her husband.

Tearful families of the bombers refused to speak after the
hearing and hugged each other outside the court where a group of
about 100 blacks, many carrying anti-rightist placards, jeered
Terre Blanche as he left the building surrounded by uniformed
bodyguards.

"Voetsak (Afrikaans for bugger off), Voetsak," the blacks
shouted as the burly, bearded Terre Blanche marched across the
road outside the court.

One of the protesters, Yalezwa Seoko, whose cousin was killed
in the bombings, carried a placard reading:

"You want a lenient sentence. You were supposed to think of
that when you planted the bombs."

"Justice must be done now. Enough is enough," read another.

A member of Terre Blanche's escort carried a banner reading:
"ANC murderers you are in parliament now." As Terre Blanche was
driven away in the melee, his car was involved in a bumper
scraping with another. He was not at the wheel.

Judge Flemming said those convicted had spoken through their
advocates and families of the hardships they had endured since
1994, when they were arrested.

"However the crimes are so serious that the only appropriate
sentence is imprisonment.

"The court will accept that their decision (to become involved
in the bombing campaign) was coloured by political perceptions,"
the judge said after hearing submissions that the rightists