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sábado, 19 de julio de 2014

The United States government is the unrepentant terrorist

Click on the above link to read an article about why our Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera should stay in jail.

This article has 2 problems.   The first one is that it is full of lies.  The second one is that this movie did not start at the beginning.

Oscar López Rivera is in jail because he was convicted of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States (US) in Puerto Rico.  In simple language, this means that he and others struggled to decolonize Puerto Rico from the government of the United States.  Oscar was not convicted of any of that other stuff that this article mentions in order to make the case that Oscar should remain in jail forever.  If the US had had the evidence to have accused and convicted Oscar for that, I have no doubt that that would have happened.  But it didn’t!

Let’s start this movie from the beginning to understand why this article is just hate propaganda. 

Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States for the last 116 years because the United Stated invaded her militarily.  The United States government was the one that committed an act of aggression towards the People of Puerto Rico in the first place.  Since then, Puerto Rico has been administered for the sole benefit of the government of the United States. 

In 1937, when Puerto Ricans marched in Ponce for the release of Pedro Albizu Campos, who had been jailed for fighting for Puerto Rico independence, they were massacred.  Here is another example of state terrorism against the People of Puerto Rico. 

Then on October 30, 1950, Puerto Ricans fought for their independence.  International law gives colonies the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize themselves, because colonialism is regarded as a crime against humanity for its threat to world peace.  This is why Oscar has no reason to be repentant about fighting for his country’s decolonization.  That is his right!  

The US government repressed the 1950 insurrection.   This later gave rise to the lie in 1952 that Puerto Rico is a democracy under what has been called “The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico”.  The US government hoped that by having Puerto Ricans elect their own governor, the US government could mask its real colonial relationship with Puerto Rico.  In 1953, the US government asked the UN to remove Puerto Rico from its list of colonies because she had attained self-government in 1952.  The UN did, but later realized that the US government had lied!  That is why every year in June the UN holds a hearing to discuss Puerto Rico decolonization. 

And in 2005, the US government perpetrates another act of terrorism by assassinating in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican independence leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios by allowing him to bleed to death! 

I accuse the US government as being an unrepentant terrorist because after 116 years of having Puerto Rico as its colony, it continues ignoring 33 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.  To emphasize the unrepentant part, it is important to note that these UN resolutions in the past 15 years have been approved by the consensus of the 29 members of the UN’s Special Committee for Decolonization.  Where is the US government’s remorse? 

Moreover, the US government has refused to release from prison Oscar who has spent an unprecedented 33 years in prison for Puerto Rico decolonization.  Again, for the emphasis of the unrepentant part, the US governments refuses to do so despite the world’s outcry for Oscar release.

The truth is that the US government has no intentions of ever decolonizing Puerto Rico.  This is why it enters into more deception by talking about holding plebiscites to determine what Puerto Rico wants. 
But the fact of the matter is that when the US invaded Puerto Rico there were no plebiscite to determine what Puerto Rico wanted!  And this is why we must peacefully protest 3 times a year to decolonize Puerto Rico in our lifetime!

Join 3 peaceful protests a year until we decolonize Puerto Rico.  The first one will be a march in Puerto Rico to the US Courthouse on March 22 – The Abolition of Slavery Day.  The second one will be another march in Puerto Rico on the day before the UN hearing concerning the decolonization of Puerto Rico.  The third one will be a protest in New York City on the day that the UN has its annual hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico.  Of course, we will also support all demonstrations for the release of our Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

These protests are absolutely necessary, because those who have had a colony for 116 years certainly don’t believe in justice for all!  


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