Black Panther leader Huey Newton returned to San Francisco on Friday (8 October) after meeting Premier Chou en-lai during an eleven day visit to the Chinese People's Republic.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA (8 OCTOBER 1971) (REUTERS)
TV PAN Huey Newton surrounded by newsmen and supporters walks along corridor and enters door for press conference (2 shots)
CU Newton seated replying to questions. (SOUND BEGINS: "What do you believe...." SOUND ENDS: "...gist of his talks."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "What do you believe (INTERRUPTION) what do you believe that you did accomplish?"
NEWTON: "The results will have to be measured in the future. We issued a petition, and the impending visit of Richard Nixon will tell the story. The results you can get from Richard Nixon, the murderer, or else you can do it as we did, you can go directly to Mao Tse-tung himself in the People's Republic and find out the information--if you do not trust Richard Nixon after the Pentagon Papers. I would advise you to go to the People's Republic of China--free territory, where you don't have a credibility gap, because the Government and the people are one."
REPORTER: "What did Chou En-lai have to say to you, what did Chou En-lai tell you?"
NEWTON: "Premier Chou En-lai offered the solidarity of the Chinese people in support of the oppressed people of america, he offered solidarity with the Black Panther party, and also with the prisoners, the political prisoners, who are fighting for their freedom inside of prisons such as San Quentin and Attica."
REPORTER: "Did he specify how he would support your cause?"
NEWTON: "Premier Chou En-lai said many things to me, but I will not comment on specifics."
REPORTER: "How long did you talk to him?"
NEWTON: "No comment on that."
REPORTER: "Does the trip mean any change in the course and the tactics of the Black Panther Party"
NEWTON: "The trip means that we have new strength, a strength that we already had but now it's been articulated, and we have for you photographs as well as avenues which you can get information, that's through Richard Nixon, in the event that he takes the visit. I assume that he will give you the gist of his talks."
Background: Black Panther leader Huey Newton returned to San Francisco on Friday (8 October) after meeting Premier Chou en-lai during an eleven day visit to the Chinese People's Republic.
Newton told pressmen he gave Mr. Chou a petition asking Chairman Mao and himself to intercede with President Nixon on behalf of Prisoners at Attica Jail, New York State, where 40 people were killed after rioting.
Newton himself goes on trial in Oakland, California, on Tuesday (12 October) on manslaughter charges arising from the killing of a policeman. His first conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court after Newton had served 21 months in prison. At his second trial last summer the jury failed to reach a verdict.