Almost exactly one year after his arrival in Algiers, Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver left yesterday (Friday) for North Korea - flying via Moscow.
ALGIERS, ALGERIA ( 10 JULY 1970) (REUTERS -LOUIS GIMENEZ)
SV Cleaver's luggage out of car
CU Cleaver (wearing white suit and dark glasses)
SV Cleaver and group
SV Reporter interviewing Austen, Froines and Truskier PAN TO Cleaver
SV Group talking (3 shots)
SCU Austen, Froines and Truskier
LV Group talking and walking into airport building (2 shots)
SV Cleaver inside building
Background: Almost exactly one year after his arrival in Algiers, Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver left yesterday (Friday) for North Korea - flying via Moscow. He was accompanied by three young self-styled "White American revolutionaries": Ann Froines and Andy Truskier of the Committee for the Defence of the Black Partners and the International Liberty School; and Jan Austen, journalist for "Ramparts".
Cleaver, who is the Black Panthers' Minister of Information, left the U.S.A. in 1968 while awaiting trial and is still wanted for parole violation. He disappeared for several months and then was reported in Cuba before arriving in Algiers on July 15, 1969. Since then he has taken part in various event - such as the Pan-African Cultural Festival and talks with members of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (NLF).
His wife, Kathleen, left Algiers on May 29th this year, for North Korea where she will have her second child in August - their first child, Lumumba, was born in Algiers. Cleaver, who is expected to stay in North Korea until the birth of the baby, is reported to have stated that his departure from Algeria is not final and that he will return later this year.