Assata Shakur, Joanne Chesimard

 

Assata Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, has been living in Cuba since her escape from the U.S after her 1977 conviction in the killing of a NJ State Trooper. Despite the newly improved relations between the U.S and Cuba, a Cuban official recently stated that his country has no plans on returning Shakur to the U.S.

“I can say it is off the table,” said Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

New Jersey officials have demanded Shakur’s return before the U.S. takes any further steps to normalize relations with the communist government.

Machin stated that Cuba granted Shakur political asylum and they don’t plan on taking that away due to the way her case was conducted.

“There are very serious doubts about that case,” said Machin. “We consider that a politically motivated case against that lady.”

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    Cuba should receive great respect in refusing to send Sister Assata Shakur to America. Cuba has a long history of being involved in our struggle for liberation. Cubans worked in Africa to help Angola to achieve independence from racist imperialism. Cuba sent doctors and medical equipment to West African locations where the people are suffering ebola. Afro-Cubans are a strong community and they have an excellent cultural heritage. Obvious, the New Jersey authorities (including the reactionary GOP NJ governor Christie) who want Assata to be placed into an American jail have a political motive. Sister Assata has taught the world about solidarity with oppressed peoples and love for Africa including love for all black people of black African descent. We are all in solidarity with Sister Assata Shakur (who is a very intelligent and strong black woman). Cuba needs to stand on its own ground and Western imperialism is a scourge that must end. Forever, I will believe in political, social, and economic pan-African unity. The struggle continues and we want victory.