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    Black Panther leader Huey Newton was acclaimed by this followers on Wednesday (August 5), when released from jail on 50,000 dollars bail.

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    USA AUGUST 3- 5, 1970 (REUTERS)

    SV Newton standing on roof of car outside court surrounded by supporters (2 shots)

    SV Woman with his jacket

    SV Car away

    CU Newton speaks (SOF)

    TRANSCRIPT: NEWTON: "I plan to go on with their explanation, and also to make even stronger ties with the struggling people of the world, because they represent two-thirds of the people. In order to do this we are going to commit troops to the Vietnamese people to the National Liberation Front, to fight the cowardly American aggressor."

    INTERVIEWER: "Who is?"

    NEWTON: "The Black Panther Party."

    INTERVIEWER: "When are you going to do this?"

    NEWTON: "I am going to do this as soon as I am released, I'm going to make this known at the Paris Peace Talks so that it can be accepted or rejected by the Vietnamese people in the spirit of internationalism, and the spirit of international solidarity. We plan to do this for any people who are fighting against America."

    INTERVIEWER: "You want to get together, blacks, to go to Vietnam and fight against American Troops?"

    NEWTON: "We want to get revolutionary people to go to Vietnam, I hope some weathermen go also," (Weathermen - faction of the "Students For A Democratic Society" Movement (SDS).)

    Background: Black Panther leader Huey Newton was acclaimed by this followers on Wednesday (August 5), when released from jail on 50,000 dollars bail.

    While in jail he told an interviewer of his plans to expand the Black Panthers, commit troops to help the Notional Liberation Front in Vietnam, and bring up this offer of troops at the Paris Peace Talks.

    Twenty-eight year-old Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter of a policeman after being arrested in October 1967.

    He has served nearly two years of a two-to-fifteen year prison sentence. He spent close to a year in custody before the trial.

    He was set free following a California Supreme Court ruling the he must be tried again because of errors made by the Judge during his 1968 trial.

    He founded his Black Panther Party for Self Defence five years ago.

    His comments to his interviewer in jail were repeated the night he was released in a Press Conference in Oakland. He began with his plans for the Panther movement.

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