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.
Great article… So sad what happened to Don Pedro.. Lets us remember..
It was very useful to El Che to use the Albizu Campos to boost his own horrible agenda. He had the nerve to criticize the horrors of jail, much like he did with anyone in Cuba who opposed him or the revolution.
they killed Don Pedro Albizu Campos, they sat on their ass-ets to see what other possessions they could acquire from Puerto Rico. “How convenient”.
The overt identification of Puerto Rican nationalism with communism and socialism has been its downfall. Don Pedro was tolerant of communists but was not himself communist or much of a leftist. He was a firm Catholic and was even influenced by fascism. Today that part of Don Pedro is buried away and he’s taken as a symbol by communists and other leftists. It’s a pity. Most Puerto Ricans are not sympathetic to communism so when they see the independentista leaders cozying up to Castro and friends many of us who believe in independence but are not socialists feel alienated and worried of what would happen if that leadership took power. It’s great that Guevara spoke about Albizu but at the same time we shouldn’t forget that Guevara was part of a dictatorship that took power through a coup (against another dictator) and who took away many peoples’ property and lives. We need an independence movement where everyone fits. Not just an old club for the camaradas.
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NEVER forget this ….. “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.” NOTHING broke his will!!