Wednesday, May 21, 2008

ANSWER holds press conference to demand extradition of Posada and freedom for the Cuban Five

ANSWER holds press conference to demand extradition of Posada and freedom for the Cuban Five
FOIA request filed to uncover links between U.S. government and anti-Cuba terrorists

The Bush administration is ratcheting up the campaign against the people of Cuba. The ANSWER Coalition and the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five are mounting a vigorous campaign to defend the peace and security for the people of Cuba and the United States.

On Monday, the Cuban government revealed that the Bush administration's ambassador to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Michael Parmly, handled cash transfers from convicted terrorist Santiago Alvarez to Martha Beatriz Roque and other individuals on the island who have been championed by Bush in their effort to overthrow the Cuban government and the Cuban Revolution.

The ANSWER Coalition has been actively campaigning for the extradition or prosecution of anti-Cuba terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who is known to have longstanding connections to the CIA. More than 50,000 people have responded to the appeal from the ANSWER Coalition to write letters to Bush demanding that Luis Posada Carriles be extradited to Venezuela or prosecuted here in the United States. He is wanted for planting a bomb on a Cuban civilian airliner, which took the lives of 73 people, and the bombing attacks against Cuban tourist hotels in the late 1990s.

Today, the ANSWER Coalition sponsored a successful press conference to demand Posada's extradition. The speakers exposed the double standard of the Bush administration's imprisonment of the Cuban Five, while Luis Posada walks free.
Among the speakers were Wayne Smith, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, from 1979-1982; José Pertierra, U.S. attorney representing Venezuela in extradition case; Gloria La Riva, National Coordinator, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney and co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice; Eugene Puryear, Howard University student leader; Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition. Click here to view a rush transcript from the press conference.

The ANSWER Coalition also filed yesterday a Freedom of Information Action request to uncover all interactions and transactions between the United States government and anti-Cuba terrorist organizations. Click this link to download the FOIA request.

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
National Office in Washington DC: 202-544-3389
New York City: 212-694-8720
Los Angeles: 213-251-1025
San Francisco: 415-821-6545
Chicago: 773-463-0311

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