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release read by the family of Josť Couso Permuy at demonstration in Madrid,
April 10, 2003, day of general strike against the
Donít believe a word when the
Spanish government says that our brother died in a "regrettable accident", or
that there were snipers or that he knew the risks.
Donít believe a word when the
Spanish government says that his death will be used by the Iraqi regime, or that
his death could inflame public opinion and that itís better to put it behind us,
or that itís all a "surprise."
They MURDERED our
The mercenaries of the Empire
MURDERED him. They want no eyewitnesses. They want no voices other than their
Disneyland news channels, where bombs are "smart," wars are "humanitarian," and
civilian deaths are "collateral damage."
They MURDERED our brother to
send a message to the media: itís their way or the cemetery.
They MURDERED him with all
the impunity of the powerful, knowing that no explanations will have to be
given, that the courts can be brushed aside and the truth will never come
In these sad days, we, David,
Barbara and Javier, couldnít help but wonder: If theyíre capable of MURDERING a
journalist with credentials like our brother in the very center of Baghdad in
full view of the international community, what wonít they do to civilians or
supposed enemies who get in their way?
These scoundrels are immoral
in the name of morality; they crush freedom in the name of defending it; they
kill in the name of life.
But there are others who are
WORSE. These are, as a poet has said, "oxen that bow their head under the yoke":
the cronies, the bootlickers, the accomplices, the hangers-on, the servants, the
sidemen, the paper pushers, the flunkies, the stooges and the paid lackeys in
the Spanish government that scorn their own people and ally themselves with the
But here we are: we, like
lions ready to raise our heads, THE PEOPLE. We have taken to the street, our
fists raised, with our chants, our slogans, our cries, our tears, our songs, our
wounds, our resistance and our courage.
Let the powerful take notice!
Our people still have enough dignity left to face down your death and barbarism
and say that your Empire isnít ours and that we will fight it to the
Josť Couso, our brother,
wherever you are, today we tell you, here arm-in-arm with this courageous
people, that we despise the wars of the rich and that BUSH, BLAIR and
AZNAR have one name alone: MURDERERS!!
Barbara and Javier Couso Permuy. Madrid, April 10, 2003.
Postcript: Nearly two years later, neither
the U.S. Army nor the U.S. Government have responded to the Couso family, the
Spanish People, nor to Tele 5, regarding Jose Couso's death. They
stand in silence regarding the event. The Couso family maintains
a website in honor of Jose Couso at www.josecouso.info in English, French and
Couso--Assassinated / We Demand an investigation, condemn
Posted December 12,
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