When Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín finally let Pedro Albizu Campos out of jail on November 15, 1964, Don Pedro was in grave medical condition.
He was paralyzed on the right side, unable to walk or talk, he had suffered a crushing stroke, and had severe kidney infection.
They never broke his spirit, but they destroyed his body. That is how they sent him home.
The news of Don Pedro’s condition spread rapidly and far throughout Latin America.
Hundreds of telegrams, cables and letters began to arrive. Journalists poured in from all over the hemisphere – particularly from Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.
Less than one month later, Che Guevara addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, and spoke very firmly about Don Pedro.
Che Guevara speaks to the UN about Pedro Albizu Campos
Here is what Che said:
“Albizu Campos is a symbol of the as yet unfree but indomitable Latin America. Years and years of prison, almost unbearable pressures in jail, mental torture, solitude, total isolation from his people and his family, the insolence of the conqueror and its lackeys in the land of his birth – nothing broke his will.”
That is the example that Don Pedro left for us.
As Wall Street tries to “privatize” Puerto Rico’s water, electricity, highways, bridges and seaports…
As hedge funds try to slice the island, just like the “Mafia Cuba” cake in Godfather II…
Let us never forget the example of Don Pedro, and what he gave his life for.