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Felony Indictments: More Victims Blamed for U.S. Government Crimes

Date: May 1, 1980

Author: Communist Workers Party U.S.A.

Biographical/Historical abstract: The Communist Workers Party (CWP) was a Maoist group in the United States, active from 1979-1985, and mainly remembered for the "Greensboro Massacre," a November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march in Greensboro that left five of the CWP protesters dead.

Additional contributor: Marion Yuen

Description: This May 1, 1980 press release, issued by the Communist Workers Party (CWP), discusses the charges against six CWP supporters present at the November 3, 1979, Death to the Klan march (also known as the Greensboro Massacre). Indictments were scheduled for May 2, 1980, and the press release notes that the bail requested for CWP supporters charged with inciting to riot was higher than that set for the accused murderers of five CWP members who were killed at the march. The CWP accuses the state and federal governments of arranging the murders and of blaming the victims. It is mentioned that the defendants will represent themselves. The CWP demands that charges be dropped, that thirty-five Ku Klux Klan and Nazi party members be prosecuted for their roles in the murders, and that all law enforcement documents related to the event be made public.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1200

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