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My Tears Are Like Those of Iraqi Mothers
Maribel Permuy, mother of cameraman Jose Couso, killed in Baghdad on April 8, 2003, speaks with Granma.


..."On that April 8, 2003, my son was on the balcony of room 1402 of the Palestine Hotel. He was hit by shrapnel while he was filming, from the 14th floor, the advance of two US Bradley tanks over the Al Yamuria Bridge some 15 blocks away," Maribel Permuy told Granma. "It was a war crime, a public assassination that they later tried to justify with the story that there was a pocket of resistance on the hotelís roof, and thatís why they shot. Thatís a blatant lie!"...

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My Tears Are Like Those of Iraqi Mothers
Maribel Permuy, mother of cameraman Jose Couso, killed in Baghdad on April 8, 2003, speaks with Granma.

DEISY FRANCIS MEXIDOR, Granma

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January 25, 2007

The day that Jose Couso, a cameraman from Madridís Telecinco TV, was killed in Baghdad, somebody had the idea of gathering the 300 reporters covering the US aggression against Iraq in the garden of the Palestine Hotel to hold a candle vigil and several minutes of silence.

People say that the candles burned amidst the most absolute silence and that not one bomb, plane, or sound was heard, in the truce for his parting.

That same April 8, a cameraman from Reuters news agency, Ukrainian Taras Protsyuk, was also killed, and another three workers of the same agency were wounded.

In all, more than 150 journalists have lost their lives in Iraq since the launching of the US invasion in March 2003, most of them Iraqis. Last October 27, the International Journalists Association reported that victim 154 was Iraqi Saed Mahdi Shalash. He and his wife were gunned down at their home, located in the Al Ameriya neighbourhood in Western Baghdad.

MARIBEL CALLING FOR THE PROSECUTION OF THE THREE US SOLDIERS WHO KILLED HER SON.

"On that April 8, 2003, my son was on the balcony of room 1402 of the Palestine Hotel. He was hit by shrapnel while he was filming, from the 14th floor, the advance of two US Bradley tanks over the Al Yamuria Bridge some 15 blocks away," Maribel Permuy told Granma.

"It was a war crime, a public assassination that they later tried to justify with the story that there was a pocket of resistance on the hotelís roof, and thatís why they shot. Thatís a blatant lie!"

---Tell us about Jose.

He was 37. He was a very happy person. He always said he wanted to be a journalist. He was very devoted to his career. He married his childhood sweetheart and from their union, Jaime and Pepe were born.

--Why did he choose to go to Baghdad?

He thought he had to go Iraq to tell the world about events there, he told me, "They are going in, those bastards are going in, and they are going to scorch everything. We have to be there to tell the world about their actions." When he was killed, there was a sticker that read "No to War" on his camera.

--How did you hear about his death?

I slept with an earphone in my ear to listen all night to the news coming from Bahgdad. However, that morning I got up to have a cup of coffee and suddenly I heard something about the Palestine Hotel, where the journalists were.

My heart started pounding out of my chest, they mentioned something and then I managed to understand that they were saying something about a Telecinco cameraman. I did not hear them say Jose but there was no need to.

I ran and turned on the TV. When we managed to contact the editor of the channelís news desk he told us that according to the news they were receiving they feared that Jose might have lost a leg. Shortly afterwards, they called to confirm that my son had died.

--Is there a before and after for the Couso family after the murder of Jose?

In this after I have taken to the task of denouncing his death and seeing that other mothers like me raise their voice to stop the war and the crimes being committed.

Our current battle is aimed at US war crimes and at upholding the right of the Iraqi people to defend themselves from the invaders.

Joseís case is heard, although it hurts to say so, because he is from the West. But, whatís happening with the murdered Iraqi journalists? We are outraged at that. My tears are no different from those of the Iraqi mothers.

Detention Order

Madrid.ó The National Court of Spain has issued an international order for the detention of the three US soldiers, whom the Pentagon has exempted from responsibilities, charged with the 2003 death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso in Baghdad, Reuters news agency reported. The arrest order follows the unanimous Supreme Court decision in December ordering the reopening of the case, after an appeal by the Couso family.


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