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Chris Christie Uses Twitter To Demand the Return of Assata Shakur


After the ceremonial re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took to twitter to demand the return of Assata Olugbala Shakur.

Activist Assata Olugbala Shakur was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police on May 2 1973. She was shot twice then charged with murder of a police officer despite evidence of her innocence. In 1979, after spending spent six and a half years in prison Shakur escaped out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey and moved to Cuba where she lived as a fugitive for a few years before receiving political asylum.

Governor Chris Christie directed a tweet to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that Shakur be returned to New Jersey. Because Cuban officials granted Shakur political asylum in 1984, New Jersey has been unable to extradite her.


Photo: assatashakur.org 

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