The statues of four former presidents of the United States were recently smeared with red paint, and the word “Assassins” was painted on the sidewalk in front of them, in a public park in San Juan.
Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, and two other US presidents now have blood red eyes, foreheads, cheeks and stomachs.
Three individuals were accused of painting the presidents.
They were arrested, taken to the San Juan Police Headquarters, and a hearing in San Juan Criminal Court was set for January 24.
The statues which comprise the Paseo de los Presidentes were unveiled nearly six years ago on February 15, 2010. They depict the nine US presidents who have visited Puerto Rico: Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, and Barack Obama.
The Paseo de los Presidentes was built at a cost of $987,000 on Constitution Avenue, on the south side of the Capitol Building of Puerto Rico. According to Senator José R. Nadal Power, in whose district the Paseo is located, the painting of the presidents is an outrage and “all protests and expressions must occur within the limits of legality and respect.”
Senator Nadal Power is technically correct. But the painting of the presidents is also an early warning signal. A storm is growing in Puerto Rico. A profound sense of outrage, and historical injustice, is mounting throughout the island.
At some point, this outrage will boil over. The painting of the US presidents is one of the early and milder signs, of the storm that will follow.
In fact, it will be more than a storm. It will be a tropical hurricane. Try as they may, the US will not be able to ignore it.
We should name this hurricane, before the US does it.
My suggestion is Hurricane Blanca Canales, or Hurricane Lolita Lebrón.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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