Cuba Says They Will Never Return Assata Shakur


Assata Shakur, Joanne Chesimard


Assata Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, has been living in Cuba since her escape from the U.S after her 1977 conviction in the killing of a NJ State Trooper. Despite the newly improved relations between the U.S and Cuba, a Cuban official recently stated that his country has no plans on returning Shakur to the U.S.

“I can say it is off the table,” said Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

New Jersey officials have demanded Shakur’s return before the U.S. takes any further steps to normalize relations with the communist government.

Machin stated that Cuba granted Shakur political asylum and they don’t plan on taking that away due to the way her case was conducted.

“There are very serious doubts about that case,” said Machin. “We consider that a politically motivated case against that lady.”


13 Responses


    March 6, 2015 4:06 pm

    Cuba should receive great respect in refusing to send Sister Assata Shakur to America. Cuba has a long history of being involved in our struggle for liberation. Cubans worked in Africa to help Angola to achieve independence from racist imperialism. Cuba sent doctors and medical equipment to West African locations where the people are suffering ebola. Afro-Cubans are a strong community and they have an excellent cultural heritage. Obvious, the New Jersey authorities (including the reactionary GOP NJ governor Christie) who want Assata to be placed into an American jail have a political motive. Sister Assata has taught the world about solidarity with oppressed peoples and love for Africa including love for all black people of black African descent. We are all in solidarity with Sister Assata Shakur (who is a very intelligent and strong black woman). Cuba needs to stand on its own ground and Western imperialism is a scourge that must end. Forever, I will believe in political, social, and economic pan-African unity. The struggle continues and we want victory.

  2. disqus_6sinns1216

    March 6, 2015 3:24 pm

    Haha Muricans
    I know yall mad af and thought that was part of the bargain but it wasn’t

    • Me

      March 6, 2015 11:19 am

      if cuba starts deporting political prisoners, they lose all power they have as a sovereign nation. the u.s. has been afraid of cuba b/c it’s a minority nation that stands against the status quo & makes its own rules. rich cubans come here thinking they can use the u.s. to bully the cuban gov’t into doing their bidding & u.s. republicans crawl into bed w/those cubans to further their economic & political reach. i think the only thing that would scare the u.s. more is if cuba was a majority black nation led by a black president running things the way they do. i know this whole newfound u.s./cuba-kumbaya they’re singing is a ploy for some nefarious plan they got cooking to sneak power away from cuba. i’m just glad cuba’s not not willing to use a persecuted black woman as a negotiation tool in the process.

  3. Me

    March 6, 2015 10:08 am

    go cuba! i was hoping they would come out bold on this. racist nj republicans wanted to use assata as a way to stick it to obama & minorities by putting her on the fbi most wanted terrorist list & then demanding that obama send for her so he could be personally responsible for laying the hammer to a black woman. it just so happen they started getting louder about this right around the time that cops started being dragged through the media for killing black folks. they thought this was gonna be their ticket to shut the black public up. well suck it nj. we all know that woman has no chance at a fair trial in this country. the brown & garner killers got off w/no indictment, assata gets political asylum. choose your battles… or at least learn how to apply the law fairly to all people.

      • Me

        March 6, 2015 11:11 am

        true. i’m definitely no obama supporter, and i doubt he would ever put up a fight for black people when it really mattered, but the charge to put her as #1 most wanted terrorist was definitely puppeteered by nj republicans & the call to have her extradited last year as a condition of the cuba relations loosening up also came from nj.


      March 6, 2015 4:05 pm

      That’s a great point about how the killers of Brown and Garners have no indictments, yet many innocent black people are still in prison now.

      • Anthony

        March 6, 2015 6:35 pm

        I live in the St. Louis Metro area, almost everyday, local news posts pictures of looters in an effort to identify and prosecute them. I thought the looting was disgusting because it meant that too many people allowed themselves to act like a stereotype. That said, I don’t see how any black person in Ferguson can have respect for such a corrupt legal system. Just today, The Guardian ran a story about a judge in Ferguson who owes the IRS $172,000 dollars dating back to 2007, but yet he routinely jails poor black for $100 or $200. Voting people out and firing people is not enough. Some of these corrupt folks need to go to prison.

        If America ever does that, maybe, just maybe they might have grounds to talk about punishing black activists. Even then, they would be pushing it.


          March 6, 2015 6:54 pm

          If these criminals on the Ferguson police force and in the judicial system (were jailed and convicted for their crimes) then that would definitely solve much of the problem. The DOJ report documenting what we have been saying for years should truly wake up the skeptics.

          The Ferguson rebellion was building up for decades. I don’t agree with innocent property being destroyed (morally, I don’t agree with that), but I understand the anger by many people at police occupation and oppression. The Warsaw Ghetto Rebellion was about Jewish people courageously standing up against Nazi occupation. Therefore, I do believe that any oppressed people have the right to use nonviolence and self-defense. There is an amazing display of hypocrisy. Many of the same reactionaries who talk about looting omit the serious crimes of crooked police officers and corrupt judges. We need to understand our situation and grow our economic and political power. Malcolm X was right to advocate pan-African unity. Internationally, we have to collaborate with our Brothers and our Sisters internationally.

        • Bearlikesbones

          March 7, 2015 8:02 pm

          I’m in stl too and the news outlets are just as bad because they’re showing one looting video per week….from August. They’re not interested in solving the crime, but steadily displaying black misbehavior. Bunch of hypocrites.


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