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Louima Sends Message Of Peace

Tara George New York Daily News

Abner Louima was “resting comfortably” Friday in the intensive-care unit at Brooklyn Hospital after emergency surgery to clear a bowl obstruction.

He is in critical but stable condition, his doctors said.

But the Haitian immigrant was “alert and alive” as 7,000 demonstrators marched on City Hall to protest his alleged brutalization by police in the 70th Precinct on Aug. 9, his family physician said Friday.

“He wants a peaceful march, and he wants this march to be the last march in New York,” Dr. Jean Claude Compas told reporters as the march began at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

Louima suffered a ruptured bladder and colon in the attack, in which a wooden rod, possibly the handle of a broom or mop, was shoved first into his rectum and then into his mouth, breaking several teeth, prosecutors say.

Louima’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, relayed a message to the marchers from Louima.

“He said, ‘Kimbe la,”’ the lawyer said. “He told me that word means stay strong. Abner Louima says to you from his hospital bed, ‘Kimbe la.”’

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