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Symbionese Liberation Army (U.S.)

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[Flag of the Symbionese Liberation Army] image by Pete Loeser, 28 October 2017

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Symbionese Liberation Army

The Symbionese Liberation Army, or United Federated Forces of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was a small but extremely violent American left-wing revolutionary group active between 1973 and 1975. During this time the SLA committed several bank robberies, and killed school superintendent Marcus Foster and badly wounded his deputy, Robert Blackburn, as the two men left an Oakland school board meeting. Perhaps the best known was the kidnapping of the 19-year-old publishing heiress Patty Hearst, who was abducted from the University of California in Berkeley, California, then either brainwashed or forced to become involved in several SRI activities, including Bank Robbery.

The leader of the group was Donald DeFreeze (alias "General Field Marshal Cinque), who explained that "Symbionese" represented the symbiosis of ideals of the group. The SLA used a seven-headed hydra-like cobra as their symbol on their propaganda and printed materials, including at least one flag that was used as a backdrop for their propaganda photographs.
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Pete Loeser, 28 October 2017