One of the best ways to hide something, is to hide it in plain sight, and call it something else. The “Puerto Rico Tourism Company” is a perfect example.
It used to be La Princesa prison. Here is a photo of the spruced-up prison:
They gave it a fresh paint job, planted a few trees and bushes…and now instead of swallowing prisoners, it welcomes tourists to Puerto Rico.
Very few of these tourists have any idea of the atrocities that were committed inside this “tourism” building. Here is one of the old prison cells in La Princesa…
There was a cell full of thousands of bedbugs, called the caja de chinches.
A “difficult” prisoner would be locked inside it for a few days…until he passed out from loss of blood and was no longer “difficult.”
There were also solitary confinement cells called calabozos.
This is where most of the Nationalist prisoners were locked up, especially before their trials – so that no communication could flow in or out of the prison.
The Nationalist leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, was locked in solitary for many years.
During this time he was tortured with T.B.I. – Total Body Irradiation – which burned his entire body, and left him looking like he’d been flipped over on a barbecue grill.
However, this despicable history is not on display.
The Holocaust Museum
The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. has an annual operating budget of over 70 million dollars. It has a staff of about 400 employees, 125 contractors, and 650 volunteers. It also has additional offices in New York, Boston, Boca Raton, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
But what happened to Puerto Ricans – in the prisons, the sugarcane fields, on the operating tables of Dr. Cornelius Rhodes, the millions of women who were sterilized, the millions of children who grew up undernourished, the millions of Puerto Ricans forced to leave their homeland and work in U.S. sweatshops for sub-human wages – none of this is memorialized by the United States.
There is no “Holocaust Museum” for Puerto Ricans, although they certainly deserve one. There is only a Ponce Massacre “museum” which is closed to the general public, and requires a special appointment to get in – though most people don’t know whom or what number to call, since the information is not publicized.
For the moment, the only “memorials” of La Princesa are the photos and selfies taken by foreign tourists, as they pose in front of the building, with its nice new paint job.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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