"Nobody is in agreement…It’s that, no one says it and no one takes the risk to say it, to speak the truth. That’s what is happening. In other words, one of the foundations, of what are the regimes in the entire world, in all of history, has been fear and lies. In other words, once you are in fear that's when you don’t take a risk, where you collect yourself and don’t unite…understood? To be in fear is not to offer help to anyone because that signifies risk." -Gorki Águila Carrasco, lead singer, guitarist of the music group Porno Para Ricardo and political prisoner
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Monday, May 19, 2008

ALLEGED U.S. CRIMINALS HARBORED IN CUBA

Aging U.S. fugitives live as exiles in Cuban neighborhoods

Aging U.S. fugitives live as exiles in Cuban neighborhoods
Alleged criminals aging, miss U.S. they left behind
Ray Sanchez | Direct from Havana
May 18, 2008
HAVANA

Nearly four decades after allegedly killing a New Mexico state trooper
and fleeing to Cuba, Charlie Hill lives on the outskirts of the capital
in a tiny apartment with a backed-up toilet. He gets by on a ration card
and a $10 monthly state stipend.

The 58-year-old grandfather and avowed black separatist listens to South
Florida AM radio stations that reach across the straits for news and
sports scores. Phrases from the turbulent 1960s, like "right on," pepper
his speech.

Hill is among 70 fugitives from American justice who live as ordinary
citizens in Cuba, where the revolutionary government welcomed many as
militants and political activists who faced persecution in the United
States. Cuba's government has refused almost all requests for their
return but, in 2006, said "it would no longer provide safe haven to new
U.S. fugitives entering Cuba," according to the State Department.

Still, time, not the law, is catching up with the U.S. fugitives. One of
the most notorious was Robert Vesco, an American businessman
investigated in the 1970s for stealing more than $200 million from a
Swiss mutual fund company. Rather than face charges, Vesco moved around
Latin America before settling in Cuba in the 1980s.

Burial records at Havana's Colon Cemetery show a 71-year-old man with
the same name and birth date as Vesco died on Nov. 23 from lung cancer
and was buried the next day in a private plot. His demise was not known,
even among other American fugitives, until recent press reports.

Hill is among a handful of holdovers who arrived in the 1960s and 1970s,
an era when revolution and violent activism was romanticized, and
hijacking planes to Cuba was a common escape for radicals seeking
refuge. To them, Vesco was another kind of outlaw.

"Vesco was running from the law because he stole money," Hill said.
"When you are a revolutionary you're in exile and you still continue
your struggle as best you can. I'm an exile."

American fugitives in Cuba include black separatists, Black Panthers and
Puerto Rican independence militants. To American law enforcement, they
are cop killers, bank robbers and common criminals. Some fugitives
speculate their future on the island could end if Cuba tries to work out
a prisoner exchange for the so-called Cuban Five — Cuban nationals
imprisoned for spying in America.

"I don't want that, but hey man, if it happened, I would have to go
down, brother," Hill said.

Wayne Smith, who once served as America's top diplomat in Havana,
dismissed the idea of a prisoner swap.

"I think the Cuban government might be interested, but I don't think it
would really happen," he said. "The U.S. government would be very
reluctant to get into that."

At least one fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, a black nationalist who fled to
Cuba after escaping from a U.S. prison in 1979, has gone into hiding on
the island. She has a $1 million bounty on her head for killing a New
Jersey state trooper in 1973.

Chesimard now goes by the name Assata Shakur. She once listed her number
in the Havana phone book, but now fears that bounty hunters may try to
snatch her, according to a friend who has not seen Shakur in more than a
year.

For its part, Cuba accuses the United States of harboring one of the
island's most-wanted men. Authorities want the United States to hand
over anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative
and alleged mastermind of the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976. All
73 passengers on board were killed. Venezuela, where the downed plane
originated, also has requested his extradition.

Posada Carriles, who was held on immigration charges but freed from a
federal prison in Texas a year ago, also is suspected of plotting a
series of Havana hotel bombings in the late 1990s. Hundreds of
Cuban-Americans honored the exile this month with a sold-out gala in
Miami, where he now lives.

In Cuba, Hill longs for the life he left behind.

"I miss apple pie and sweet potato pie, man," he said. "I miss watching
football. But that doesn't mean I regret being a revolutionary and doing
what I did."

Hill escaped to Cuba in 1971 after a state trooper stopped him and two
other members of a black separatist group outside Albuquerque, N.M. They
were transporting arms and explosives. One of the suspects shot the
trooper, Robert Rosenbloom, in the throat, killing him. The men forced
their way into the Albuquerque airport and hijacked an airliner to Cuba.

Hill's accomplices both died in Cuba: Ralph Goodwin drowned at a beach
outside Havana decades ago; Michael Finney died of throat cancer in 2005.

Asked if he expected to return to America, Hill said: "Maybe in a coffin."

Ray Sánchez can be reached at rlsanchez@sun-sentinel.com.


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/cuba/sfl-flrndcubanotebook0518sbmay18,0,1724996.column

2 comments:

Blogosfera de Cuba said...

Citación de reunión de todos los bloggeros Cubanos
¿Sabes que vamos a reunirnos todos los bloggeros Cubanos en Europa Y Estados Unidos?

ahhh.... si no lo sabes ve a la pagina de información donde hay una pilaaa e cosas. no importa como pienses, como seas o donde estas. Solo importa que seas Cubano o que ames a Cuba esa isla de todos. La intención es el acercamiento y el diálogo entre todos los cubanos. Porque todos los Cubanos somos lo mismo.

La blogosfera cubana sigue ampliándose, y con ella crecen las ideas y expectativas de sus bloggers. Al convocar este Primer Encuentro de Bloggers Cubanos pretendemos traspasar el mundo virtual del blog y encontrarnos, en un ambiente de reflexión, con personas interesantes, a muchas de las cuales habremos leído en alguna ocasión, pero que nunca hemos saludado en persona, y a otras que seguiremos leyendo después de conocerlas, que reflejan todas el tema cubano en sus bitácoras.

Siendo el blog un instrumento de opinión, y también de reportaje, en Blogueando a Cuba tendremos oportunidad de compartir experiencias en temas tecnológicos, culturales y también nuestros puntos de vista sobre el futuro de la nación cubana a la que pertenecemos, incluyendo a la comunidad de bloggers que viven en Cuba. Reforzaremos con ello la creciente popularidad de este formato de comunicación. No faltará tampoco la parte lúdica y la música cubana, bien común cuya excelencia nos une, por encima de las fronteras y los rencores.

Creemos que será un evento enriquecedor, plural y abierto, de seguro un referente para futuros encuentros y una muestra del factor de progreso que constituyen ya las redes sociales y la Web participativa. ¡Te invitamos a unirte en este propósito!

ECHA PACÁA Y SEAMOS TODOS BLOGGERS POR UN SUEÑO
http://www.bloggerdecuba.blogspot.com/

Voluntario pero sin escopeta.

Grupo organizativo de bloggers por un sueño

-oe esto me suena a citación del comité militar....
-nooo está bien así
-esto suena raroooo
-que no coompadreee que esto es un fiestón Cubano
-oeee se va a caer la barbacoa con tanta gente
-tate tranquilo y cuelga el telefono que yo creo que nos están oyendo.
-ta bien.....¿cuando empezamos??
-yaaaaaaa

pinkrocket said...

Cop killers should be hung, American or Cuban!