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lunes, 4 de enero de 2016

PR governor upset that Obama believes PR is a colony


There is no worse blind person than the one who does not want to see is a popular saying in Puerto Rico.  It definitely fits Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. 

In the entire history of Puerto Rico, she has always been a colony.  She was a colony of Spain for over 400 years, then she became a colony of the United States (US) for the last 117 years.  This is why the United Nations’ (UN) Decolonization Committee holds a hearing every year to discuss Puerto Rico decolonization.  The hearing is usually held on the Monday after Fathers’ Day.

Our financial crisis is due to the fact that Puerto Rico is administered solely for the interest of the US government.  Since the needs of Puerto Ricans are not being represented in what the US government calls a “democracy”, more Puerto Ricans lives off our island, than in.  But, that’s exactly what a colony is for. 

The so called, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was just a front to hide US colonial rule over Puerto Rico.  It worked, as the UN removed Puerto Rico in 1953 from its list of colonies. 

Our Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera, has been in a US prison for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize his country.  Despite overwhelming Puerto Rico and international support for his liberation, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of the United States has refused to do so.  Since the US government believes it is above the law, Noam Chomsky has characterized it as a “Failed State” or an “Outlaw State” (see Hegemony or Survival, Profit over People and Failed States).

It is important to note that the UN has asked the US government in 34 resolutions democratically adopted to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, because international law considers colonialism a crime against humanity.  That decision was based on the idea that colonialism is a threat to world peace, and that was the main reason why the UN was founded after World War II.

The fact of the matter is that Oscar Lopez Rivera has the right under international law to do whatever is necessary to decolonize Puerto Rico, and it is the US government that is the criminal.  

This is why we must continue to protest peacefully and permanently for the decolonization of Puerto Rico, because those who admit they have a colony don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL!

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