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lunes, 6 de octubre de 2014

Why polls and plebiscites have nothing to do with Puerto Rico decolonization?

Click on the above link to read about this poll.
Click on the above links to see how Puerto Ricans are divided with regard to our future political status.

Why are we wasting our time with polls, referendums and plebiscites to decolonize Puerto Rico.  Is this democracy or imperialism?  It is imperialism, and here is why.

Not everything is subject to an election process where the majority wins.  This is especially true when the body that has jurisdiction in the matter has already rendered its resolution.  And that is the case with regards to Puerto Rico decolonization.

The United Nations (UN) determined in 1960, that the United States government is committing a crime against humanity by having Puerto Rico as its colony.  Colonialism is therefore an illegal political relationship.  This is why in the 33 UN resolutions asking the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, there has never been a mention of asking Puerto Ricans what political status they prefer.  Why is that?

The US government did not ask Puerto Rico whether she wanted to be a colony of the United States on July 25, 1898.  The US unilaterally made the decision to make Puerto Rico a colony in order to exploit her.  The only reason why the US government now wants the ask Puerto Ricans what they want is, because it wants to delay decolonization as much as possible by creating divisions among Puerto Ricans. 

Plebiscites under colonialism are not valid under international law.  You can not have free elections, if you are a colony.  You must be decolonized, or free, in order for international law to recognize that an election is valid.  This is why all these plebiscites, referendums and polls will never lead to Puerto Rico decolonization.  On the contrary, it will perpetuate another 116 years of Puerto Rican colonialism.

The answer is simple.  Since it was illegal for the US government to have taken Puerto Rico as its colony, the US government must return to Puerto Rico her sovereignty.  Even if 100% of the Puerto Ricans would want to remain a colony of the United States, the US government must still return to Puerto Rico her sovereignty under international law. 

This is why we must peacefully protest at least 3 times a year to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions.  The fact that we must do this means that the US government does not believe in the rule of law, human rights and democracy.

See the 2014 UN Puerto Rico decolonization hearing morning session by clicking this link:http://webtv.un.org/search/special-committee-on-the-situation-with-regard-to-the-implementation-of-the-declaration-on-the-granting-of-independence-to-colonial-countries-and-peoples-4th-meeting/3639598037001?term=puerto rico

The following link is for the afternoon session:
http://webtv.un.org/search/special-committee-on-the-situation-with-regard-to-the-implementation-of-the-declaration-on-the-granting-of-independence-to-colonial-countries-and-peoples-5th-meeting/3641178758001?term=puerto Rico

We invite all those who believe as the UN does that colonialism is a crime against humanity because it is a threat to world peace to peacefully protest at least 3 times 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 116 years of Puerto Rico colonialism means that the US government doesn't  believe in justice for all!    

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