Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cuba Issues The Final Word on Assata Shakur’s Return to US: No!

It appears that Cuban officials have spoken the final word on the fate of Assata Shakur: Without question, she’s staying in Cuba.

“I can say it is off the table,” Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Yahoo News in Havana when asked about calls for Cuba to return Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard.

While that news will be greeted with glee within many Black activist communities in the U.S., where Shakur is seen as a hero for her courageous fight against the most powerful nation on the planet, it won’t be warmly received by American lawmakers and law enforcement officials, particularly in New Jersey, who have been energetically trying to get their hands on Shakur ever since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced in December they were normalizing relations.


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