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Mexico City hunger strikers demanding justice for Malcolm Shabazz attacked by hundreds of cops

July 12, 2013


Video at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201650340243778\

“We present the video in which (Mexico City Mayor) Mancera sent over 1,000 cops to greet us with blows, trampling the displays where the picture of our brother Malcolm Latif appeared. It was terrible. Already Mancera has proven how fascist his type of government is, corrupt abuser.”

In the video, people are chanting: “Enough with the silence!” “End the corruption!” “We demand communication (with decision-makers)!”

by Prince Lumumba

Urgent alert! Police have attacked, beaten numerous protesters who are holding a peaceful vigil to call attention to the brutal death of Malcolm X’ grandson. Among those known to be physically and badly assaulted are Metelus Wilner and Jah Zakah from Haiti. We ask you to forward this and are looking for assistance in this matter urgently.

Mexico City Afro-Mexicans' hunger strike, lay wreath to demand justice for Malcolm Shabazz 071013
Six days into the hunger strike, the protesters lay a wreath at the doors of the Federal District Government Building. The following day, they were attacked by police.
The vigil had been held for the past several days demanding answers as to why both the government of the United States and the government of Mexico are silent about 1) the death of a foreigner on their soil and a citizen in a foreign land, 2) the death of a grandson of a great leader in world history, 3) what motives caused a righteous man to meet such violent end and 4) whether we as persons of other origins are safe in Mexico?

Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere!

Please circulate this alert. Share. Please sign the petition calling for the U.S. to investigate the assassination of Malcolm Shabazz, and follow our progress on Facebook: sonsofafricatour2014.

To learn how this dire situation developed, read Mexico demands justice for Malcolm Latif Shabazz and the two more recent dispatches below.

Defenders of Afro-Mexicans begin hunger strike for Malcolm Latif Shabazz

by Carolina

After the ruthless murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz in Mexico City on May 9, 2013, many people have expressed their rejection of this crime and their concerns regarding the official version.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera inaugurated 120512 by Guillermo Ogam, AFP
On his inauguration (shown here) on Dec. 5, 2012, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said his is a party of the left. Yet he has made no response to the assassination of a young Black visitor to his city, Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X. Instead of meeting with protesters on hunger strike outside his doors about justice for young Malcolm, he sent police to attack and beat them.
But across the country, only one organization has acted to demand justice. After demonstrating several times without any response from the head of Mexico City’s government, Mayor Miguel Mancera, the Committee for the Defense of Naturalized and Afro-Mexicans (CCDNAM) initiated a hunger strike yesterday, July 4, at the doors of the Federal District Government Building.

“Today we are beginning a hunger strike and we do so with conviction. We seek justice for the murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz,” said Wilner Metelus, president of CCDNAM. “His grandfather, Malcolm X, did much for the benefit of humanity. He was one of the last century’s most important human rights defenders. We cannot accept that death of his grandson in silence. Although his blood family of is in the United States, we consider the young Malcolm as our brother.”

The strikers carried banners with images of the two Malcolms that invite us to reflect on their way of thinking and acting.

We recall a fragment of a speech that Malcolm X gave in Detroit on Feb. 14, 1965, the night his home was bombed in Harlem one week before his assassination. Speaking to the relatively newly formed Organization of Afro-American Unity, which was “designed to combat all the negative political, economic and social disparities in our neighborhoods,” he said: “One of our first programs is to bring our problem outside the context of civil rights at the international level and place it in the context of human rights so that the whole world can have a voice in our fight. If we keep to the level of civil rights, the only place we can seek allies is within the limits U.S. borders. But when we consider it a struggle for human rights, it is internationalized and we can open the door to all kinds of advice and support from our brothers in Africa, Latin America, Asia and other parts of the world.”

And to know a little more about who Malcolm Latif Shabazz was, listen to what his friend, the NBA basketball star Etan Thomas, said at a commemorative event held in Harlem: “Yes, he was my friend and I saw his passion and what he wanted do. The way he wanted to help our people was genuine. You could see it in his eyes when he spoke in forums in all parts of country.

“We did good work together, me and Malcolm – in Manhattan, in the Rikers Island prison and in Baltimore. In Rikers Island, we talked to around 500 young men, all under the age of 18 who are incarcerated in that infamous prison. (Many stars) participated, but one of the people who really connected with them the most was young Malcolm Shabazz. He was so honest with them. He talked about the mistakes he had made and how he used his time in prison to learn. He connected with them because they saw his sincerity. Youth can detect this immediately. Either they connect with you or they don’t. And he connected with them immediately. …

“For me, it was an honor to meet him, an honor to have him as a friend.”

At the start of the hunger strike in Mexico City, Wilner Metelus answered some questions:

Q: Is this the first time that you have done a hunger strike?

A: No. We held a hunger strike two years ago for the Nigerian, Isaac Echinedu Nwachukwwu, who died when he was run over while trying to escape from two policemen who were beating him. We were here 12 days. And here we are again.

Q: What is your immediate demand?

A: That (Mayor) Miguel Mancera agree to dialogue with us. Nineteen days ago we gave him a letter, but he’s made no response. Today finally Government Secretary Héctor Serrano received us cordially and informed us that the case is in the hands of the attorney general for justice in the federal district.

We already knew this, but after they arrested two waiters a couple of days after the murder, there has been no breakthrough. The apparatus of justice in this country is not working well. So we will not move from here until we have a dialogue with the mayor. Malcolm Latif is giving us the strength to be able continue the strike.”

Q: Are there broader demands?

A: Let justice be done. And not only do we want justice for Malcolm Latif but for all Mexicans, and there are many who have suffered outrages. We also pledge our solidarity with them.

This story first appeared July 5 on amigosdemumiamx, a Mexican site dedicated to the liberation of Mumia Abu Jamal and the legacy of Malcolm X.

This video was posted July 10, on the sixth day of the hunger strike.

Hunger strikers place wreath for Malcolm Latif Shabazz

by Carolina

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Afro-Mexicans in Mexico City on hunger strike are appealing for justice for young Malcolm Shabazz, for the safety of Afro-Mexicans and for justice for all Mexican people.
On Wednesday, July 10, two months after the murder of Malcolm Latif Shabazz in Mexico City and six days after the start of a hunger strike for justice in his case, the strikers laid a wreath outside the offices of the Federal District Government. That day, the grandson of Malcolm X would have turned 29.

Spokesman Metelus Wilner says: “We are here defending Malcolm Latif Shabazz because he was the grandson of Malcolm X, a great symbol for us and for humanity. We are defending Malcolm Latif because he was our brother. We are defending Malcolm Latif for all he did in his campaign against violence. He was supporting immigrants. Though he is not with us physically, he is not dead. He’s always on our side.”

On June 18, the Committee for the Defense of Naturalized and Afro-Mexicans (CCDNAM) delivered a letter requesting a meeting with the chief minister, Mayor Miguel Mancera, but so far he has not responded. When his secretary, Hector Serrano, received the strikers last week, we thought he might be a link, but now we think he’s just playing for time. He asks for more proposals, but we say our proposal is already clear. We want to meet with the mayor to explain that there are many flaws in the case. We also insist that he watch media videos showing how Malcolm Latif Shabazz died.

“The day I get out of here is the day that Mancera agrees to a meeting with us,” says Metelus. “He was elected by the citizens of the Federal District. He campaigned door to door. He has to respond to our letter to discuss this case with us. We are not criminals. We are Mexican citizens.

Mexico City Afro-Mexicans' hunger strikers interviewed by press demand justice for Malcolm Shabazz 070513
Only rarely has the press interviewed the hunger strikers. Here they record a statement by Dr. Metelus Wilner, who is a Mexican citizen born in Haiti. He was one of those beaten in the July 11 police attack.
“We have the support of other brothers around the continent seeking justice for Malcolm Latif. We are now on a hunger strike for justice. We have gone six days without eating, without sleeping. But we still have strength. Yes, it is true: We might die, but this does not matter because we are doing something for a brother.”

“Mancera says his is a party of the left. He has received an international award. What a shame! He does not even have respect for human beings. I am returning my award. We have no relationship with the corrupt politicians of this country. They are supposed to be the people‘s representatives. Nor do we link to their parties.

“We asked everyone’s support but the media has responded with almost total silence of the media. Few journalists are coming to cover our events. Why? The same journalists are victims of abuse.

“We are here for our struggle with conviction and also for all the other families who are waiting for justice. Long live the struggle of the people. Let’s repeat again. We are all Malcolm Latif! We are all Malcolm X!”

This story first appeared July 11 on amigosdemumiamx, a Mexican site dedicated to the liberation of Mumia Abu Jamal and the legacy of Malcolm X.

 

3 thoughts on “Mexico City hunger strikers demanding justice for Malcolm Shabazz attacked by hundreds of cops

  1. Seamus

    David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus have been arrested for robbing and killing Shabaz, and this story is apparently backed up by a friend of Shabaz. There was reportedly a dispute over a bar tab and these fellows (hotel workers) got into it with Shabaz.

    If they are convicted, I think the Mexican authorities will probably throw the book at them.

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  2. anah jochebed

    I hope this email brings a deeper meaning to your cause in which I fully support. I am currently working on a book called, Crimes of Faith. In short, their crimes are on a mass scale and globally and responsible for millions of murders and the list goes on.

    The situation at this moment brings perfect opportunity to challenge, judge and bring awareness. The crimes of criminal cannot compare to the righteous!

    I am sure you will cry and become quite angry as you view this short book I have put together. Most of it is pictures. I kept it brief and to the point. Also, towards the middle of Project Blue, their is a section about the criminals and prisoners. Criminals…are the victims. The mentally ill are the results of a system that is evil.

    I am currently working with 3rd world countries and others in regards to global restoration. We have spoke about asking prisoners to bring awareness to the world about Project B.L.U.E. And Project L.I.M.E through prison protests which is why I write to you. Please know that Project L.I.M.E. needs editing and is just a rough draft/generalization of our goals. It includes releasing prisoners (not all) but most, providing recovery and freedom. We do not believe in prisons!

    If interested, please visit http://www.God-of-the-gods.com. You will see a tab for project blue and project lime. You'll want to view blue first. It is best to view in two up mode because of the pictures.

    I hope that we can work together on a much larger scale! You will understand as you read through the projects our intentions. I tried to keep it simple. With all my heart, I wish us all the best.

    Sincerely,

    Kim (Anah Jochebed: authors name)

    P.S., I am here in Colorado. If their is anything I can do, please feel free to email me. I hope we can talk further. Really NEED your support too!

    God Bless

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