The SLA was a group of Berkeley radicals led by Donald DeFreeze, an escaped convict whose nom de guerre was "General Field Marshall Cinque Mtume." The word "Symbionese" comes from the biological term symbiosis, the interdependence of different species. It suggests the union of classes and races. The group committed bank robberies, two murders, and other acts of violence. The SLA became internationally notorious for kidnapping media heiress Patty Hearst, abducting the 19-year-old and her 26-year-old boyfriend Steven Weed from their home in Berkeley, California. Interest increased when Hearst, in audiotaped messages delivered to (and broadcast by) regional news media, denounced her parents and announced she had joined the SLA. She was subsequently observed participating in their illegal activities.VideoVideo: Audio and video clips of SLAVideo: News Coverage - and profile.
Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)
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