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US death row inmate made Paris citizen

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - The city of Paris Saturday 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 honour since Pablo Picasso was made honorary citizen in 1971, Socialist mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe told an audience of 200 people, taking the occasion to attack the "barbarity" of the death penalty.

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 defence.

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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French bread sucks
french dries suck
french cars suck
Real World France sucks
The Eiffel tower is a giant ........ to make up for a bunch of short ......cked people


FRANCE SUCKS :FT:
 

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Its sad that the people of France forget that the United States saved their country in two World Wars. They would all be speaking German now if the U.S. did not send troops to the rescue.

:fu2: :francais:
 

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Q: Why are there so many mature, leafy trees on the Champs-Elysées in Paris?

A: The German Army prefers to march in the shade.
 

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No wonder why I hate all things French......cheese eating, communist surrender monkeys. I think we should drop the 82nd and 101st divisions in for a reunion tour. :pirate:
 

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Friggin Frogs!

Fuck-em and feed em fish on friday. (Monkfish) better yet, send them a few BGM-109's from an underwater platform, an easier form of seafood to swallow!
:L: :FM:
 
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