Huey P. Newton, the proclaimed Defence Minister of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence, has?
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA (24 AUGUST 1970) (REUTERS)
LV INTERIOR..Newton seated in front of press (2 shots)
CU Newton speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: NEWTON: "I don't think a black revolutionary or white revolutionary can get justice from the courts as they stand. I think the people should take control of the situation and institute new situations in order for us to receive justice. We, of the Black Panther Party...as long as there are corrupt officials, as long as the oppressors make the laws -- the people are not bound to respect them. We are bound to transform society and erect a system where people will receive justice".
REPORTER: "What has this trial done for the Black Panther Party? What effect has it had on the party itself?"
NEWTON: "It's made party very ..er..its motivated the Party. We ??? highly motivated against legal lynching that is about to take place. As far as crushing the Party, -- its impossible to crush the Party, because the party is one with the people; and in order to crush the party, genocide will have to be inflicted not only on the people of this country but on the people of the world. Because the struggle is all the oppressed people struggling against the international bourageoise, which has its home here in North America. We realise that no fascist Government can exist unless the United States Imperialistic Government supports it."
Background: Huey P. Newton, the proclaimed Defence Minister of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence, has called for a mass rally on Tuesday (25 August) in New Haven, Connecticut, to protest the"legal lynching" of Panther member Lonnie McLucas. McLucas is on trial in connection with the murder of Alex Rackley, another Black Panther member.
The Black Panther leader was speaking in a New York Penthouse rented by actress Jane Fonda. No revolutionary, he said white-or-black, can get a fair trial in the United States.
Newton himself is free on 50,000 dollars (about 20,000 sterling) bail after a reversal of his conviction in the killing of a policeman in Oakland. The rally, he said, might be a prelude to "political or military action", but added that there was no change in the philosophy or policy of the Black Panthers, which he called non-violent, except in self-defence.
He asserted that the prosecution in New Haven tried to make a deal with McLucas in order to get him to testify against Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale, who is also facing charges in connection with Rackley's death.