Assata Shakur: Understanding the politics behind the FBI’s new attack


Moorbey'z Blog

Hands off Assata—she is not a terrorist!

May 4, 2013
Assata Shukur in Cuba, where she has lived since 1984 after being granted political asylum by the Cuban government

On May 2, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suddenly announced that they had placed Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, making her the first woman to be so designated. The state of New Jersey also raised the bounty on her head to $2 million. These government actions came on the 40th anniversary of the shoot-out in which police allege that Shakur killed an officer.

It is clear that these are the vindictive attempts of the Empire still outraged that a rebel could escape, survive outside its reach, and continue to expose its long history of exploitation and oppression. The recent provocations are part of a long-term smear campaign by the U.S. government to erase her revolutionary legacy.

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