A 36-year old man has attacked a Monsanto subsidiary in Salinas, PR with Molotov cocktails.
He carried a hand-lettered bed sheet, which read: “Rise up, Boricua. The moment to defend our country has arrived. Viva P.R. Libre.” Here is a video report…
The Monsanto subsidiary is named Dupont Pioneer. The Molotov assailant, Noel D. Cruz Torres, was arrested by police and FBI agents on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
The FBI, not the local police, assumed jurisdiction over the investigation.
MANY POSSIBLE CAUSES
On the island, in the press, and over the internet, many potential causes for the Molotov attack are already being discussed.
Most frequently mentioned are the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, and the PROMESA bill which may install a Washington-based Financial Control Board over the entire island.
Both major candidates for governor in Puerto Rico oppose the PROMESA bill, and said they’ll work to prevent PROMESA from being enacted.
According to a poll commissioned by El Nuevo Dia, the largest paper in Puerto Rico, 69% of respondents supported the gubernatorial candidates’ efforts to prevent the enactment of PROMESA, and 54% opposed the imposition of a Financial Control Board over the island.
The hand-lettered bed sheet suggests that the Molotov assailant was expressing his own resistance to these economic events, and to the continued US domination of Puerto Rico.
Other analysts point to the relationship between Monsanto and Dupont Pioneer, and their plan to build a “seed monopoly market” of genetically modified seeds and herbicides throughout the entire island.
Still others claim that Mr. Cruz Torres is simply a disturbed or misguided individual.
Many consequences may immediately flow from this.
This Monday, June 20, the UN De-colonization Committee will conduct its annual hearing with respect to the political status of Puerto Rico.
The fact that Molotov cocktails are being hurled, and people are going to jail for the independence of Puerto Rico, will make it difficult for the UN to declare that “the people of Puerto Rico are content with their present status.”
Another consequence is the possibility of further civil disobedience, and citizen disruption, throughout the island. This may intensify after the arrival of a Financial Control Board, a reduction of the minimum wage to $4.25, and the loss of pension benefits throughout the island.
A third consequence is causing great concern to many leading independentistas. Some of them believe that the FBI may have orchestrated this entire event…in order to justify a wave of FBI repression and arrests, directed against the entire independence movement.
A fourth consequence will depend on the press, both island and mainland.
If the press investigate this event, then report it fully and fairly, it may focus international attention on the economic and political crisis in Puerto Rico.