Monday, August 29, NYC demonstration
National Day of Action
Extradite Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela!
No asylum for Posada! Free the Cuban Five!
Why We Will Protest on August 29th
Since the illegal arrival of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to the United States in late March, the Bush administration has been met with a torrent of opposition and demands for Posada’s extradition to Venezuela.
On August 29, Posada will appear for trial in El Paso and the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is calling for demonstrations outside the immigration court in El Paso and in cities across the country demanding that Posada not be granted asylum and instead be extradited to Venezuela.
Only Bush’s government and the Miami terrorists are opposed to Posada’s extradition.
There is virtually universal agreement that Posada must be denied asylum in the U.S. and instead be tried in Venezuela. Posada is principally responsible, along with Orlando Bosch, for the 1976 bombing of the Cubana plane that killed 73 people. That crime was plotted in Venezuela. The hand of the CIA is also deeply implicated, and Posada was a paid CIA agent since 1961.
It is more critical than ever to keep the pressure on the U.S. government to demand justice for the families of the victims of anti-Cuba terrorism, and for an end to U.S. sponsorship of the Miami terrorists.
It is essential that the struggle of the Cuban 5 - five heroic men who actively opposed terrorism in Miami - be elevated to national prominence to help win their freedom from U.S. prison. There is no more relevant opportunity than now to demand: Extradite Posada! Free the Cuban Five!
The more than twenty June 13 protests - from El Paso to New York City to San Francisco - helped generate a great deal of media attention on the terrorist history of Posada. June 13 was the first Immigration court date. We believe that the immigration proceedings, which will be continued to August 29 in El Paso, are a diversion from the real issue: the urgent need for Posada to be sent to Venezuela, where an extradition order has been issued.
On August 29 in El Paso, Judge William Lee Abbott will hear arguments on whether Posada is in the United States illegally. His attorney, Eduardo Soto, claims that Posada is still a U.S. resident and therefore entitled to remain in the U.S. That is a spurious claim, as Posada relinquished his residency rights in the 1960s by not residing in the U.S. since at least that long ago. Also, his crimes of terrorism and murder would automatically disqualify him for asylum. Venezuela’s petition for extradition must, by international, U.S., and Venezuelan law, take precedence over any immigration consideration.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, Antonio Maceo Brigade, National Network on Cuba, South West Organizing Project, Stop the War Machine Coalition, Latino Movement USA, Comité de Juárez por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, la Alianza Martiana, la Alianza de Trabajadores de la Comunidad Cubana, la Asociación de Mujeres Cristianas and other organizations are mobilizing for the mass protest in El Paso and organizing local protests across the country. (See above for sponsors of the New York City demonstration.)
Funds are urgently needed. You can make a contribution through a secure server by clicking here, where you can also find information on how to contribute by check.
Click here to learn more about the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition campaign to demand Posada's extradition to Venezuela, including background information on the case and press coverage.