This headline is not a hoax.
It is a shocking headline, but it is also true.
A governmental body called the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken (National Sovereign State of Borinken) has created a sovereign government for Puerto Rico, assembled in accordance with international law, maintained parliamentary records, filed its Preamble and Constitution with the United Nations, and is now requesting recognition from that body.
This year, the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken attended the January 2015 international conference of the Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) held in San José, Costa Rica.
This was a serious conference: attended by Raul Castro (president of Cuba), Luis Guillermo Solís (president of Costa Rica), Daniel Ortega (president of Nicaragua), Rafael Correa (president of Ecuador), and representatives from twenty-nine other countries, it repeatedly addressed the issue of Puerto Rico’s sovereignty throughout the proceedings.
Ruben Berríos Martínez, the president of the PIP, testified firmly and intelligently at the conference. Thirty-three consecutive years of United Nations resolutions in favor of Puerto Rico’s independence were entered into the record (currently thirty-four years, as of June 2015). According to the BBC, “the independence of Puerto Rico was one of the principal issues of the entire conference.”
Ruben Berríos testifies about Puerto Rico’s independence at CELAC
At the conference, the BBC also interviewed Prof. Ramón Nenadich, the president of the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken, who has been teaching Industrial and Labor Relations at the University of Puerto Rico since 1977. According to Prof. Nenadich, the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken established itself on October 27, 2012, on the 222nd anniversary of the birth of General Antonio Valero de Bernabé Pacheco. Since that time, said Nenadich, it has developed and documented its organization in strict conformity with United Nations Resolution 1514 (XV), which was adopted by the General Assembly on December 14, 1960:
Resolution 1514 (XV)
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
Prof. Ramón Nenadich, president of the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken
According to Prof. Nenadich, “Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken is not a political party. It is a government.” Currently, the principal goal of this government, is to achieve recognition of its legitimacy from the U.N. The first step in this incremental process, will be the achievement of “observer” status on the U.N. Decolonization Committee.
In addition to the BBC report, the activities of the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken were also reported on the front page of the newspaper Borikén.
The Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken also has a website and Facebook page. The website lists fifteen functional areas of government, where any new members are free to become actively involved:
Regardless of one’s political persuasion, this level of organization and outreach by the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken indicates one key fact: that the people of Puerto Rico are actively and aggressively seeking an alternative to the current colonial relationship with the United States.
For thirty-four successive years, the U.N. has issued resolutions in support of Puerto Rican sovereignty. For thirty-four years, the U.S. has ignored every resolution.
For sixty-nine years, the Partido Independentista de Puerto Rico (PIP) has been battling the FBI, denouncing the Law of Cabotage, struggling in the courts, exposing a corrupt “two-party system” that, together with its colonial masters, has sunk Puerto Rico into a $73 billion public debt.
At the very least, Prof. Nenadich and the Estado Nacional Soberano de Borinken are establishing a public record, that 117 years of colonial occupation by the “leader of the free world” is immoral, illegal, and unsustainable.
Some political observers have compared Prof. Nenadich to Don Quijote…but another literary reference is more appropriate.
As Arthur Miller once wrote, “attention must be paid to such a man.”