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Posted on 10/06/2003 2:23:08 PM PDT by priceofreedom
"Mumia Abu-Jamal Made Honorary Citizen in Paris"
Posted by Parker Ames Monday, October 06, 2003
Proving once and for all that France is the bastion of all things left of center, the Socialist mayor of Paris has made convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen. The following Yahoo News article sheds light on the ceremony that predictably turned into an anti-American hate-fest.
The city of Paris made an honorary citizen of celebrated US death row inmate and black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of a white Philadelphia policeman.
It is the first time Paris has bestowed the honor since Pablo Picasso was made honorary citizen in 1971, Socialist mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe told an audience of 200 people.
Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther civil rights activist and journalist who has maintained his innocence, had his death sentence overturned in December of 2001 but that decision is currently on appeal.
In attacking the ''barbarity called the death penalty,'' the mayor said ''as long as there is a place on this planet where one can be killed in the name of the community, we haven't finished our work.''
Raising his fist in a sign of solidarity, Delanoe then shouted ''Mumia is a Parisian!'' as the crowd of mostly-leftist activists cheered and applauded.
Black activist Angela Davis, a former member of the Black Panthers and the Communist Party, hailed the ''profound sense of humanity'' of Abu-Jamal, attacking American '''unilateralism'' and racist attacks against immigrants.
The movement to free Abu-Jamal ''takes on a new sense in face of American unilateralism, the aggression against the Iraqi people and the racist attacks against immigrants which can only further gnaw away at the vestiges of democracy in the United States,'' Davis, a professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz, said.
Abu-Jamal, sentenced to death 21 years ago for the murder of Daniel Faulkner, has always insisted he was innocent, and scores of movements and organizations have sprung up around the world in his defense.
His opponents view him as an unrepentant murderer.
His case has provoked particularly vivid debate in France, which abolished the death penalty in 1981. French school children are required to study the case as part of their education.
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That would explain alot.
Maybe we should send back the Statue of Liberty, this time bearing the exhortation
"Send me your poor, your tired, your huddled asses yearning to ride free.
The wretched refuse of your chancre'd whore.
Send these, the soulless, sociopaths to me.
I life my skirts beside the fetid door."
"Mumia Abu-Jamal" is an Arabic name which loosely translates to "Vile piece of gutter filth that is late for his appointment with eternity."
you learn somthing new every day. I always thought the name for the inhabitants of Paris was "Parasites".
It is the first time Paris has bestowed the honor since Pablo Picasso was made honorary citizen in 1971
Picasso I can understand, but honoring Mumia is nothing more than a passive-aggressive slap at the United States. It's just so petty and small. Plus, it diminishes the honorableness of the honor. Who would want to be an honorary citizen of Paris if that puts you in the company of scumbags like Mumia? It's now an honor that only bitter leftists can appreciate.
I'm reminded of last year's rewarding of the Nobel Peace prize: here was the Nobel prize, brimming over with historical gravitas, and the socialist Euroboobs used it as a cheap soapbox for passive-aggressive sniping at our president. They just can't control themselves. Their hatred of the United States owns them. They indulge it even when indulging it hurts themselves. The anti-Americanism of the French makes them soil their own nest.