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Drop All Charges Against Mumia Supporters -- Prosecute The Police!

We Can't Stop, Won't Stop, Fighting For Justice For Mumia Abu-Jamal!

If the police think that we can be intimidated out of fighting for justice they are wrong. We now declare our intention to fight more than ever to force the government to stop Mumia's execution and free him.
[12/11/01] The unprovoked police attack on the peaceful Mumia march on December 8 marks a clear escalation of government plans to stop the movement against the execution of Mumia In the wake of September 11,emboldened by new police powers enacted to detain and suppress dissent, the
Philly police let loose with the brutality they became internationally known for in past decades.

If the police think that we can be intimidated out of fighting for justice they are wrong. We now declare our intention to fight more than ever to force the government to stop Mumia's execution and free him.

In the current climate, with all the government's attempts to suppress dissent, Mumia is more precious than ever to the people. From his prison cell, Mumia has published weekly columns exposing and denouncing the current war and police-state measures. The message delivered by the police
on December 8 should be a wake-up call to anyone who thinks we have a guaranteed right to dissent. Following a series of recent court decisions refusing to hear any new evidence on Mumia's behalf, it tells us they are deadly serious about killing Mumia and silencing his voice.

Over 600 marchers had earlier paused at 13th & Locust streets in Philadelphia, the spot where 20 years before police tried to kill Mumia Abu-Jamal. Then, a few blocks away as the march neared its end, it was suddenly invaded by police. They slammed a young man to the ground, holding
a gun to his head, and waving it at the crowd. As marchers protested this treatment, even more police, dressed in riot gear ran from buses with their batons and shields, beating and pepper spraying marchers.

Police dragged people away, including a young woman who was dragged more than a block on her back, though she was not resisting arrest. They charged seven people with a broad array of felony and misdemeanor charges, including inciting to riot and conspiracy. Several of them were hospitalized with injuries caused by the police. Bails were set as high as $100,000.

The seven people unjustly charged in Saturday's round-up are of different nationalities and active in many fights for social justice including anti-police brutality, native American rights, against corporate globalization.

They are part of the generation who Mumia has been speaking to as he continues to be the "voice of the voiceless" from inside death row. We were there to pay tribute to the determined resistance Mumia has shown for 20 years.

As we expose the story of the brutality the police inflicted on our sisters and brothers, even more people will be able to see the importance of this fight for justice. Those who don't want to see this man executed, from the millions who oppose the death penalty worldwide, to the youth of color living a "locked-down" life on the streets of the cities, from the college students sickened by the global corporations treatment of the earth's
people, to the people who believe in "justice for all" will join those of us determined to stop this execution and free Mumia Abu-Jamal.

All charges against the Mumia supporters must be dropped, and the police responsible must be brought to justice.

Stop the Execution!
Overturn the Conviction!
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
 
 

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