An admirer of Osama bin Laden and other terrorists, an America hater, a Maoist protester against the war on terror was honored on Thursday by Google with a “Google Doodle” on what would have been her 95th birthday on May 19th.
Her name is Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian-American, who fought for “for peace, U.S. political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for Japanese Americans interned during the war.”
This was the write up that went along with the photo:
She participated in the radical Puerto Rican and black liberation movements and others, was a friend of the revolutionary Malcolm X.
She participated in an occupation of the Statue of Liberty in 1977 that called for the release of four Puerto Rican terrorists who shot up the House of Representatives in the 1950s. She also solicited support for figures like Yu Kikumura, a member of the Japanese Red Army who was convicted in 1988 of planning to bomb a U.S. Navy recruitment office, and Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Black Panther who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1981.
She demonized the United States as the world’s “main terrorist” and enemy following the devastating September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
It was “predictable” she said. Al Qaeda wasn’t the enemy, the US was for trying to “[take] over the world.”
She argued against the “U.S. government’s fanatical targeting of an Osama bin Laden or a Saddam Hussein.”
“It’s important that we all understand that the main terrorist and the main enemy of the world’s people is the U.S. government,” Kochiyama said following the 9/11 attacks. “Racism has been a weakness of this country from the beginning. Throughout history, all people of color, and all people who don’t see eye-to-eye with the U.S. government have been subjected to American terror.”
Two years later, she lambasted the “aggressive” U.S. military and expressed admiration for Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda who American officials believe to be responsible for several acts of terror, including the 9/11 attacks.
“I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire,” Kochiyama said.
She was an outspoken admirer of Mao Zedong even after the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. She praised Malcolm X for his “admiration for Mao and Ho Chi Minh,” and worked closely with the Revolutionary Action Movement, an “urban guerrilla warfare” organization based on “a synthesis of the thought of Malcolm X, Marx and Lenin, and Mao Zedong.” The activist Robert Williams gifted her with a copy of the Little Red Book, and she later thanked him for “the gift of Mao’s philosophy.”
Yuri was an enthusiastic supporter of the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path, a Maoist organization that has conducted a brutal insurgency killing tens of thousands of people since 1980. Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that Shining Path personally killed or disappeared at least 30,000, VOX reported.
“Its tactics include the burning of ballot boxes and the public ‘executions’ of moderate local leaders and others, including nuns and priests, who are seen as rivals for the allegiance of the poor,” according to a 1992 New York Times report. “In wildly exaggerated demonstrations of Maoist precepts, children have been killed for political ‘crimes.’ Amnesty International says the guerrillas routinely torture, mutilate and murder captives.”
“We reject and condemn human rights because they are reactionary, counter-revolutionary, bourgeois rights,” founder Abimael Guzmán declared in one document. “Rather than concentrate its attacks on the armed forces or police, Shining Path has predominantly singled out civilians,” Human Rights Watch noted in 1997.
When asked about her support for the al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid years later, she said of al Qaeda, “Besides being strong leaders who brought consciousness to their people, they all had severe dislike for the U.S. government and those who held power in the U.S. I think all of them felt the U.S. government and its spokesmen were all arrogant, racist, hypocritical, self-righteous, and power hungry,” she continued.
Kochiyama then appeared to endorse “freedom fighters” who “revere” bin Laden and “join him in battle.”
“I do not care what the U.S. government or Americans feel—I think it’s shameful what this government has done from the beginning of its racist, loathsome history,” she stated later.
She was one of the few non-black individuals to join the Republic of New Afrika, a seditious group that claimed dominion over five states in the American South.
Kochiyama, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, died in June 2014 at the age of 93.
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