(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 45 [1/2]

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Tue, 28 May 1996 05:40:30 +0200


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CONTENTS: Supplement 45
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1. (AP) Abu-Jamal Lawyer Says New Evidence Shows Death
Row Inmate Was Framed

2. (FSP) FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY: The Silencing Of
Sandy Nelson, By Mumia Abu-Jamal

3. (HtP) HAITI PROGRES: Preval Government Cracks Down
On Popular Organizations

4. (EZLN) To The Commission For Concordance And
Pacification

5. (MEXPAZ) MEXPAZ #73: Chiapas Before The Flood

6. (LAWE) Palestine: Noted Human Rights Activist Still
Imprisoned

7. (AP) Former Nazi Accused In World War II Massacre
Hears Horrors

8. (REUTER) War Documents In U.S. Accuse Swiss And Swedes

9. (AP) U.S. Tracked Wallenbergs' Involvement With
Nazis

10. (CIAB) CIABASE: Reflections Of A Cold Warrior

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ABU-JAMAL LAWYER SAYS NEW EVIDENCE SHOWS DEATH ROW INMATE
WAS FRAMED
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (May 23, 1996 00:47 a.m. EDT) -- Mumia Abu-Jamal,
the black activist whose attempt to overturn his death-row
sentence has gained international support, was framed by a
prostitute under pressure from the police, his lawyers argued
Wednesday.

The former prostitute changed her story and helped convict
Abu-Jamal of murdering a Philadelphia police officer after
detectives threatened her with a lengthy prison sentence on
unrelated charges, the lawyers said in their motion, filed in
Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The motion seeks a new trial for Abu-Jamal, 42, a former radio
reporter whose efforts to get off death row have attracted
international and celebrity support.

The lawyers said they only recently found the woman, Vernoica
Jones, they say helped frame Abu-Jamal.

"What all this adds up to is that Mumia's conviction was
obtained through coerced, intimidated and false testimony," New
York defense attorney Leonard Weinglass said at a news conference
outside Mayor Edward G. Rendell's office.

Jones initially told police she had seen two men running from
the downtown Philadelphia shooting scene, at which Officer Daniel
Faulkner lay dying and Abu-Jamal lay nearby with a gunshot wound
in the chest on Dec. 9, 1981, according to Weinglass. She never
claimed to have seen the shooting.

Shortly before testifying at the 1982 trial, Jones -- then a
21-year-old prostitute with three children -- was arrested for
armed robbery and faced a possible 15-year sentence. But
detectives visited her in jail and told her the charges would "go
away" if she changed the story and testified against Abu-Jamal,
Weinglass said. Ultimately, he said, she was sentenced to
probation on the felony charges.

Jones, who was difficult to find because she had changed her
name and Social Security number, has felt "troubled and bothered
by what she was forced to do," Weinglass said. The lawyers would
not disclose her whereabouts.

William Davol, a spokesman for District Attorney Lynne
Abraham, said officials would have no comment until they see the
motion. Prosecutors have until Thursday to file their response to
Abu-Jamal's pending appeal before the state Supreme Court.

Supporters say Abu-Jamal was framed because of his past
affiliation with the Black Panther Party and his broadcast
criticism of police.

Hollywood celebrities and overseas political leaders,
including South African President Nelson Mandela, have expressed
support for Abu-Jamal.

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** Topic: Mumia: The Silencing of Sandy Nelson **
** Written 12:39 PM May 23, 1996 by nyt@blythe.org in
cdp:misc.activism. **
From: "Freedom Socialist Party" <fspnatl@igc.apc.org>
Date: Wed, 22 May 1996 10:16:42 +0000

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THE SILENCING OF SANDY NELSON
by Mumia Abu-Jamal
April 29, 1996

Special to the Freedom Socialist

Sandy Nelson, as an award-winning journalist, owes her profession
to the fidelity of the U.S Constitution's First Amendment, that
oft-praised "protection" of the right to freedom of speech.

It is a right saluted in theory, but damned in practice, as Sandy
learned when the honchos at The News Tribune of Tacoma took her
off the education beat and, in her words, "sentenced" her to the
copy desk, for her off-duty political activities on behalf of a
local gay rights organization. This "internal exile" occurred
when Nelson refused orders of TNT bigwigs to cease and desist her
organizing efforts.

Imagine the irony: someone working in a field sworn to protect
the First Amendment, forced to be silent about political and
social matters on her "free" time.

Where's the freedom of speech?

Editorial and corporate suits exclaim that Nelson's transfer to
the copy desk was no response to the nature of her activity, i.e.
gay rights advocacy, but an effort to protect the "credibility of
the paper." Central to this theme is the cry for "objectivity" -
that mythical substance that all "good" reporters supposedly
possess, that lifts the craft as a priest lifts a chalice.

In truth, all honest reporters admit their subjectivities, the
taints of time and circumstance that color one's work, and even
choose the work one does.

When publishers silence any reporter, they silnece that
reporter's civic and political self, and by extension, work to
weaken, nullify and neutralize the group objectives that the
reporter supports.

If Nelson sought to do PTA work, or served as a volunteer for the
zoo, would she be consigned to journalistic oblivion?

I think the answer is clear.

The journalistic enterprise is not a priesthood. It is an art, a
craft, a learned skill.

It is a craft that assumes the rightness of the dominant social
order, thus it protects the status quo. Where's the
"objectivity" in that?

For the better part of this nation's history, papers in the main
served as apologists of American slavery and supporters of
American apartheid.

The main dailies, North and South, featured lynchings as de facto
advertisements, with articles which did everything supportive of
the acts except add, "A good time was had by all."

It was the work of the radical and abolitionist press that spoke
against sheer evils, not the "regular" press.

Truth be told, there ain't so such thing as "freedom of speech,"
for if there were, why would Sandy Nelson have to sue to "get"
it? She is suing against un-freedom, is she not?

Freedom means freedom - period.

Nelson was silenced by her paper, and I was silenced by the
prison - both for daring to make the First Amendment a reality.

Ultimately, people like you, rather than courts, will decide if
"freedom of speech" is more than a lofty promise.

If you believe in it, fight for it - or just forget it.

The state and corporations will be glad you did.

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** Topic: This Week in Haiti 14:9 5/22/96 **
** Written 8:12 PM May 22, 1996 by haiticom@blythe.org in
cdp:reg.carib **
From: NY Transfer News Collective <nyt@blythe.org>

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"This Week in Haiti" is the English section of HAITI PROGRES
newsweekly. For information on other news in French and Creole,
please contact the paper at (tel) 718-434-8100, (fax)
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HAITI PROGRES
"Le journal qui offre une alternative"

* THIS WEEK IN HAITI *

May 22 - 28, 1996
Vol. 14, No. 9

PREVAL GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON DISSENTING POPULAR ORGANIZATIONS

The march had been large and spirited, but peaceful. Three
popular organizations -- the Popular Assembly of Vigilance in
Trou du Nord (APVT), which is a local branch of the National
Popular Assembly (APN), the Haitian Worker Organization (OTA),
and the Cooperative Union of Trou du Nord (IKT) -- had rallied
thousands of peasants on May 17 in the northeastern town of Trou
du Nord to protest the government's plan to privatize Haiti's
state industries, to denounce government corruption, and to
demand agrarian reform.

Before the march, the Haitian National Police (HNP) had
confiscated the machetes always carried by peasants, using the
occasion to take down names. The demonstrators had then followed
their planned itinerary. At one point on their route, the
marchers streamed onto the vacant land of a deceased big
landowner, Colderique Augustin, to symbolically demonstrate their
desire for the redistribution of land stolen from them in years
past. After a few minutes, the demonstrators continued on their
way. But they didn't get far.

The authorities apparently took the symbolic gesture as a pretext
to attack. Reinforced by detachments from several nearby towns
and the city of Cap Haitien, the police descended on the
demonstrators from all sides, beating them with clubs and gun-
butts and firing shots. When the melee was over, sixteen people
were arrested and dozens injured.

The crushing of the Trou du Nord demonstration reveals how the
Preval government is becoming more aggressive in its defense of
its neo-liberal austerity agenda. Tension has become so high in
the northeast in recent weeks that the police are ready to
repress even the most innocent gathering.

For example, later on May 17, as a part of the celebration of
Haiti's May 18 flag day, crowds started to gather for a soccer
game between school teachers in St. Jean Park in Trou du Nord.
Many school children and parents were on hand. But the police,
perhaps still excited from disbanding the demonstration earlier,
or perhaps afraid of any large gathering, decreed that the match
would not be played. The teachers protested and were quickly
arrested. The wife of one teacher, Bonita Jean-Baptiste, was
roughed up by police, shoved into a police car, and taken to
jail. Cops fired shots everywhere, causing people to flee in
panic and confusion. Dozens of children wandered about crying and
looking for their parents.

Later that evening, the HNP continued their offensive. They
searched the homes of Sylvestre Georges, the coordinator of the
OTA, and of Lumens Adelson, the treasurer of the IKT. Both men
subsequently went into hiding. From Adelson's home, the police
took the IKT's files and cash-box containing 15,280 gourdes
(about US $880).

While apparently unable to identify and arrest the bands of
zenglendos responsible for a growing wave of crimes and violence
throughout Haiti, the police have proven themselves to be very
effective in suppressing peaceful demonstrations and soccer
games. The demonstrators, teachers, and teachers' wives arrested
on May 17 are still being held in the Trou du Nord jail. Many of
them were injured during their arrests. Nonetheless, the
authorities have denied them medical attention and have not
allowed their families to visit them or bring them food and
clothing, which is customary in Haiti.

Townspeople and peasants demonstrated in front of the Trou du
Nord courthouse on May 20, but the police never brought those
arrested to arraignment as constitutionally required. Policemen,
just after the May 17 demonstration, said that those arrested
would be charged with planning to attack the police.

Meanwhile, authorities have undertaken a similar offensive in the
region of Au Borgne, about 20 miles west of Cap Haitien. Marc
Lamour, a notorious strong-man from Petit Bourg au Borgne, has
waged a campaign of intimidation and violence against militants
of the APN, which is well-rooted and vocal in that region. Lamour
has used his position as vice delegate representing the Preval
government to distribute favors and threats, and to organize
attacks. For example, on Mar. 15, Lamour sent trouble-makers to
stone the home of APN member Melsius Philippe after he had hosted
an APN meeting. On Mar. 23, a band of thugs also harassed and
threatened with death Dinoran Augustin, a local APN leader, at
his home in the remote region of Champagne. The band was driven
back by Augustin's neighbors. On Apr. 25, Lamour worked with a
Duvalierist judge to arrest and jail Luckner Charles, an APN
militant who had distributed flyers in the region denouncing the
lack of action by authorities in arresting a local ring of cow
and goat thieves. After a loud demonstration at his arraignment
in Cap Haitien on May 14, Charles was "provisionally" released.

On the morning of May 19 in Au Borgne, Edouard Baker, a member of
APN's national leadership, was chairing a "conference/debate"
with peasants from the area. Lamour led a band of thugs with
guns, clubs, and knives which brutally broke up the meeting.
Participants fled. The next day, Lamour and his band ambushed the
car of Baker and Charles as they left Au Borgne. Both men were
threatened with death, and Charles was slapped repeatedly.

"The APN demands that the sell-out government put a leash on its
mad dog in Au Borgne, who is using all means to intimidate those
opening the eyes of the peasants in that area," the APN stated in
a May 21 press release. "The APN says to the Preval/Smarth
government that even using despicable methods, they cannot scare
the people and popular organizations because the weapon of truth
is stronger than the weapons of lies and intimidation." The APN
called on the press and human rights groups to visit Au Borgne to
witness the harassment campaign of Preval government authorities
like Marc Lamour and also demanded the immediate release the 16
militants in prison in Trou du Nord. "We also ask the press and
human rights organizations to visit Trou du Nord to see how the
actions of the Haitian National Police exactly resemble the acts
that the Macoute army used to do," the APN statement said.

Worsening economic conditions for the Haitian people are
sharpening the political struggle in Haiti. In the weeks ahead,
the Preval government will surely continue to reveal itself as
the enemy of popular demands and Haitian sovereignty and the
defender of the "New World Order," backed up by the foreign
military occupation which it has unofficially invited to stay on.

All articles copyrighted Haiti Progres, Inc. REPRINTS ENCOURAGED
Please credit Haiti Progres.

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** Topic: Translation of 5/23/96 communique **
** Written 1:26 PM May 23, 1996 by moonlight in
cdp:reg.mexico **

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Dear Companeros,

Hopefully many of you have already read the communique dated
May 18th of 1996. The COCOPA officially responded this Tuesday
by "a scolding" which demanded that the EZLN immediately return
to the negotiating table and not jeopardize the peace process.
Below is the most recent EZLN communique which firmly responds
that conditions do not exist for the continuation of the peace
process.

Clearly the situation remains as dangerous as in February
and October of 1995. We urge you to do all you can to respond to
this growing emergency.

Cecilia Rodriguez

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To: the Commission for Concordance and Pacification

Gentleman Legislators:

A few minutes ago through a radio transmission I was able to
listen to your response to my letter of May 18th. I appreciate
your promptness, as well as the fact that you considered it
necessary to respond. This evidences the fact that your interest
in the resolution of this crisis has not grown less.

I want to point out three facts:

1. Misters Javier Elorriaga and Sebastian Entzin, accused of
being members of the EZLN, remain imprisioned. Regardless of the
many declarations to the contrary, including one from the
judicial branch, the EZLN has been condemned for being terrorist.

2. The military mobilization in the regions of the Highlands,
the jungle and northern Chiapas have ostensibly increased,
especially within the past 24 hours. You may personally confirm
this, if you wish.

3. There are no political guarantees which can advance the peace
process. There is a patent condition of bedlam in the state: the
white guards continue to act with complete impunity, a sample of
such is the paramilitary group Dos Chinchulins whose actions have
provoked deaths and the exodus of indigenous families which fear
their aggression.

I therefore repeat everything stated in the epistle of May
18, 1996; it is indispensible that a new judicial parameter be
developed which can resolve not only these phenomena but any
other obstacles to the process of dialogue and negotiation.
Clearly, the physical, military and political conditions do not
exist whereby a personal meeting can be held between the
Commission for Concordance and Pacification and members of the
command of the EZLN. We will continue to wait for you to make
the best effort possible for this encounter and reclaiming the
path of peace. We agree that this public means be the one
utilized given the actual circumstances. That is all.