Give This Man A Second Chance

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Fifth Estate # 293-294, August 21, 1978

In November of 1970, Benjamin Mendoza y Amor attempted to assassinate Pope Paul VI at Manila’s International Airport. Unfortunately, Mendoza made one mistake—-he was caught. Give this man a second chance!

Free Benjamin Mendoza y Amor

In what ranks among the finest assertions of life over death in human history, Benjamin Mendoza y Amor, a Bolivian surrealist, stated that he had made an attempt on the Pope’s life because “There is no God” and that Pope Paul “represents the kind of superstition which must be destroyed by removing him.

We believe if the Roman Catholic Church can choose another Pope, then Mendoza can have another try. We call upon everyone to give Benjamin Mendoza y Amor your support for freedom and a second chance!

The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice. He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.

Everything that is collapsing, shifty, infamous, sullying and grotesque is summed up for me in this single word: God.
—André Breton


Taken from a leaflet that was distributed by the Marquis de Sade Brigade/PSF cell.