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Intelligence 1997 Year in Review


In this Issue: 1997
Demonstrations & Rallies
Union Activities
Terrorist Activities

For the 1997 Year in Review, the Intelligence Updates have been categorized by incidents and events as reported by the Criminal Intelligence Section.

More details about these activities can be requested from the "Intelligence Files".
No inference of any kind should be made from the contents of these reports.

1997 Demonstrations and Rallies
24 - On January 20, 1997, while returning from the Martin Luther King Annual Parade in Liberty City, a stray bullet hit and killed five-year-old Rikia Isaac.  In response, local African-American leaders and the family of Rikia organized a rally, dubbed "Stop the Violence."

28 - Members of the Cuban exile community demonstrated at Cuba Paquetes, Inc.  The demonstration resulted from a confrontation at Miami International Airport between a Cuban exile and Nilda Serret, owner of Cuba paquetes, Inc.

24 - Members of the African-American community participated in Black Out 97, a rally organized by Bishop Victor T. Curry of the New Birth Baptist Church.  The theme of Black Out 97, was to voice frustration and concern over the lack of respect given to the African-American community by Cuban-American politicians.

09- ArtSave, a nonprofit organization, along with members of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, marched with flags and posters at the annual Calle Ocho Carnival.  This march was in protest to the banning of Puerto Rican singer Andy Montanez, who was scheduled to perform at the carnival.

08- Members of BAUNIC, a Nicaraguan exile organization, met at Tamiami Park to protest against INS laws that purpose deportations of Nicaraguan refugees.

18 - The Cuban exile organization, Alpha 66 conducted a rally at 17 Avenue & West Flagler Street to commemorate former member Vicente Mendez' landing in Cuba.

06 - Members of CONIPOE, a Nicaraguan exile organization, demonstrated across from the INS building.  This demonstration, was an effort to stop deportations of Nicaraguans.

14 - Mr. William Clark, leader of the International African Movement and Ankobia International, organized a rally dubbed, "The African Caribbean Empowerment Summit."  The theme of the rally, Empowerment of Black People, was held at the Orange Bowl.

16- The Haitian exile organization, Committee for Justice, demonstrated at the Haitian Consulate's Office.  Their focus was to gain the release of Dr. Patrick Elie who has been in a U.S. prison since April 1996 on charges of assault & battery against the sister of Haitian President Rene Preval.

08 - Members of the gay-rights organization Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE), attended a Miami-Dade County Commission Meeting in order to get a gay ordinance agenda.  In opposition to the proposed ordinance, members of the Christian Coalition also attended the meeting.

18- The Cuban exile organization DEMOCRACIA, conducted a vehicle caravan in protest of the seizure of its flagship vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard authorities.

03 - The African People's Liberation Movement and U.R.G.E.N.T., demonstrated at the Miami-Dade County Commission Budget Hearing in protest of Mayor Alex Penelas' Operation Clean Sweep program.

16- Members of Antonio Maceo Brigade (AMB) demonstrated in front of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's office protesting against the U.S. embargo in Cuba.

11- Cuban exile organizations, Unidad Cubana and Partido Ortodoxo, marched in memory of the rafters who perished in their attempt to cross the Gulf Straits.

22- Supporters of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, rallied in front of the Justice Building.  The rally was in support of the persons who allege police brutality and repression.

30- The Haitian Refugee Center and the Committee for Justice for Immigrants marched from Little Haiti to the INS building to protest the disparity of treatment by the U.S. Congress in its handling of Haitian immigration issues.

13- Several Cuban exile organizations sponsored a demonstration to unite Cuban exiles against a growing tide of efforts by the U.S. Government to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.


17- The American Citizens & Professional Drivers Association of Miami-Dade County, Inc., protested in front of the Miami-Dade Government Center.  The organization, which is predominately comprised of Haitian taxi drivers, were protesting the rising cost of taxi leases, and the issuance of taxi permits.

 04- The South Florida chapter of the AFL-CIO demonstrated in front of the Miami-Dade County Government Center in protest of perceived privatization of county jobs.

5-6 The U.S. Department of Defense, Southern Command held a human rights conference, at the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel.

20- A perceived leftist by hard-line Cuban exiles, Francisco Arcua, hosted a breakfast/conference at the Holiday Inn.  Arcua organized this meeting to form a new political organization who would resist the hard-line ideologies of Cuban exiles who criticize individuals who support a dialogue with Fidel Castro.

23-26 JUNTA PATRIOTICA (JUNTA PATRIOTICA CONVERGENCE ORGANIZATION, JPCO), a Cuban exile anti-communist organization, hosted its 17th annual convention at the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel.

13- The Cuban Committee for Democracy (CCD) and the Olof Palme International Center sponsored a symposium devoted to "Cuban Health and Nutrition and the U.S. Embargo."

The following are several anniversary dates which may be significant to various domestic or international terrorist groups with a presence in the United States.  These and other noteworthy events and activities are chronicled in the Intelligence Review's "Intel Events."

February 26
Anniversary of the World Trade Center Bombing in New York City in 1993.

February 28
Anniversary of the initial assault on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms in 1993.

April 19
Anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Anniversary of the deadly fire at the Branch Davidian compound in 1993.

Anniversary of 1775 battle between the American and British soldiers at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, which is meaningful to many self-style "patriots" in the current Militia Movement.

July 27
Anniversary of the 1996 pipe bomb explosion during the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 5
Three Muslim radicals were convicted in 1995 in the federal district court in New York City, for plotting to blow up 12 U.S. airliners over the Pacific Ocean.

November 13
Anniversary of the 1995 bombing at a military training and communications center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Five Americans were among the seven killed.

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