Puerto Ricans flood the streets of San Juan to demand the de-colonization of Puerto Rico

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Thousands of individuals and organizations swept through San Juan on Saturday, June 18, to demand the immediate de-colonization of Puerto Rico.

The massive crowd convened near the Governor’s mansion, directly in front of the historic La Princesa prison, where Don Pedro Albizu Campos was jailed and tortured for his independence beliefs.

La Princesa is now the Puerto Rico Bureau of Tourism building.

A typical US news report of this overwhelming June 18 event undercounted the crowd, alleging that “hundreds” rather than thousands participated.

It also referred to the marchers and organizers as “bankrupt Puerto Ricans,” and claimed that the island “enjoys independence in most issues, but still answers to Washington on matters of foreign relations.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/347321-us-decolonization-protests-rico/

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/06/18/puerto-rico-independence-movement-awaits-un-visit-demands-decolonization/

Perhaps this reporter was not familiar with the Jones Act, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the US Bankruptcy Code, the PROMESA bill, the Financial Control Board, the plenary jurisdiction of US Congress, the insular cases, the Supremacy and Territorial clauses of the US Constitution, or the recent US Supreme Court decisions which applied those two clauses, in declaring that Puerto Rico is a “territorial possession” of the US with no inherent sovereignty in any area (the Sanchez Valle and Franklin Templeton decisions).

INSPIRATION AND COURAGE FROM DON HERIBERTO

The marchers and this writer take great pride, in reporting that a noble man named Heriberto Marín Torres took part in the demonstration.

Don Heriberto played a central role in the Nationalist Revolution of 1950.

He fought bravely in Jayuya on October 30, 1950.

He helped Blanca Canales to raise the Puerto Rican flag and declare the Republic of Puerto Rico.

He went to jail for many years, together with Don Pedro Albizu Campos, for believing in the independence of Puerto Rico.

He wrote Eran Ellos, a brilliant account of his prison experience. Page for page, Eran Ellos is more honest and complete than anything written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2015/11/12/a-treasure-in-puerto-rico-don-heriberto-marin-torres/

When asked about the demonstration, Don Heriberto did not mince words. Summoning a lifetime of experience, he said:

“We are here today to protest against everything the empire is doing to us…but above all, we are demanding independence for Puerto Rico.”

 

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24 Comments on “Puerto Ricans flood the streets of San Juan to demand the de-colonization of Puerto Rico

  1. IN RESPONSE TO EMMANUEL CACERES IN small type:

    Emmanuel Caceres
    July 5, 2016

    LOOK HERE PEPITO YOU WANT TO ARGUE YOU DO THAT ALONE Sorry, Emmanuel, I’m not arguing. Just making a point based on what you said. If you don’t like it ( which it seems you didn’t.. ), that’s ok. Discussion/debate is what this forum is supposed stimulate. That’s what I thought. I DON’T GOT TIME FOR IT. Well, Emmanuel, those that REALLY care will take the “time for it.” It’s only been a nation’s survivability at stake… ALL I CAN SAY BLESS YOUR HEART. Y que Dios te bendiga tambien. Seriously. PUERTO RICO NEEDS ITS INDEPENDENCE WITH ITS OWN AUTONOMY AND SELF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,IT NEEDS ITS OWN SOVERIGNTY AND RIGHT TO EXIST AS A NATION WITH ITS OWN IDENTITY AND CULTUR. Right! Ok. We agree. I think in their heart of hearts, most would agree. My earlier disagreement with you was on how you phrased it: “When the time’s right..” Emmanuel, the time has “been right” since the invasion in 1898. The time has only “gotten progressively righter” sp?!? since then. You came off as resigned; or “Que sera, sera.” Which is the way it’s always been. Being a rug mat. That’s what I see as the problem.

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  2. LOOK HERE PEPITO YOU WANT TO ARGUE YOU DO THAT ALONE I DON’T GOT TIME FOR IT ALL I CAN SAY BLESS YOUR HEART.PUERTO RICO NEEDS ITS INDEPENDENCE WITH ITS OWN AUTONOMY AND SELF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,IT NEEDS ITS OWN SOVERIGNTY AND RIGHT TO EXIST AS A NATION WITH ITS OWN IDENTITY AND CULTURE.

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  3. IN RESPONSE TO IRENE TORRES JUNE 20 2016 BLOG:

    Irene Torres
    June 20, 2016

    You can barely survive under the common wealth of the US how so you think you can survive as independentre . You will become another Haiti or DR. If the American industries leave PR what do you have left. That makes absolutely no sense.

    IRENE, YOU SAID THAT LIKE YOU REALLY KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVEN’T CARED ENOUGH TO DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE ISLANDS’ HISTORY. AND FURTHER, YOU LACK TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN THE POTENTIAL OF PR ISLANDER’S. PERIOD. YOUR ENTRY WAS IGNORANT, TO PUT IT MILDLY. JUST TO KEEP THIS SHORT ( CAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH WRONG WITH WHAT YOU SAID… )..TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION: WHAT IF U.S. INDUSTRY LEAVES? I GUESS IN YOUR MIND, AN EVEN MORE IMPOVERISHED NATION? PR’S ISLANDER’S GOT A WEALTH OF EXISTING RESOURCES AND UNTAPPED POTENTIAL RESOURCES, THAT OTHER NATIONS ( WHOM BEEN TARIFFED QUITE HEAVILY ( AS PR IS IF THEY DARE TRADE W/OTHERS OUTSIDE THE U.S. ) WOULD GLADLY STEP IN AND TO REPLACE/ FURTHER, ENHANCE THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION ON THE ISLAND. WHY? BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A TWO-WAY STREET BY THEN: THE PR’S WOULD HAVE CONTROL WHERE THEY DON’T NOW, AT THE BARGAINING TABLE.

    WHAT YOU SAID WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT. BUT, MOREOVER, AN INSULT. AS THE COMMENT SEEMS TO HAVE EMANATED OUT OF THE SIDE OF YOUR POSTERIOR. !!Y FUE UN OLOR HORRIBLE!!

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  4. IN RESPONSE TO IRENE TORRES JUNE 20 2016 BLOG:

    Irene Torres
    June 20, 2016

    You can barely survive under the common wealth of the US how so you think you can survive as independentre . You will become another Haiti or DR. If the American industries leave PR what do you have left. That makes absolutely no sense.

    IRENE, YOU SAID THAT LIKE YOU REALLY KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVEN’T CARED ENOUGH TO DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE ISLANDS’ HISTORY. AND FURTHER, YOU LACK TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN THE POTENTIAL OF PR ISLANDER’S. PERIOD. YOUR ENTRY WAS IGNORANT, TO PUT IT MILDLY. JUST TO KEEP THIS SHORT ( CAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH WRONG WITH WHAT YOU SAID… )..TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION: WHAT IF U.S. INDUSTRY LEAVES? I GUESS IN YOUR MIND, AN EVEN MORE IMPOVERISHED NATION? PR’S ISLANDER’S GOT A WEALTH OF EXISTING RESOURCES AND UNTAPPED POTENTIAL RESOURCES, THAT OTHER NATIONS ( WHOM BEEN TARIFFED QUITE HEAVILY ( AS PR IS IF THEY DARE TRADE W/OTHERS OUTSIDE THE U.S. ) WOULD GLADLY STEP IN AND TO REPLACE/ FURTHER, ENHANCE THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION ON THE ISLAND. WHY? BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A TWO-WAY STREET BY THEN: THE PR’S WOULD HAVE CONTROL WHERE THEY DON’T NOW, AT THE BARGAINING TABLE.

    WHAT YOU SAID WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT. BUT, MOREOVER, AN INSULT. AS THE COMMENT SEEMS TO HAVE EMANATED OUT OF THE SIDE OF YOUR POSTERIOR. !!Y FUE OLOR HORRIBLE!!

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  5. IN RESPONSE TO E. CACERES ( IN LARGE TYPE ):

    Emmanuel Caceres
    June 27, 2016

    Puerto Rico puede lograrlo y ser un fuerte pais cuando el tiempo sea correcto

    EMMANUEL, YOUR STATEMENT SUMS UP QUITE PERFECTLY EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH THE ( HEADS ) VAST MAJORITY OF ISLANDER PR’S AND OTHERS THAT LIVE ELSEWHERE: A CHRONIC FATALISM; A GENETIC MUTATION THAT SOMEHOW TOOK PLACE LONG AGO, WHICH HAS INSIDIOUSLY BEEN TRANSMITTED AS AN APPARENT GENETIC DEFECT TO MUCH OF THE POPULATION. AND IT RUNS SO DEEP, THAT THE THOUGHT TO EVEN QUESTION ITS EXISTENCE NEVER CROSSES ANY OF THOSE PERSON’S MINDS.

    WHEN YOU’VE GOT PLENTY OF HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE OUTCOMES HAVE BEEN OF COLONIALISM, AND ONE CONTINUES TO THINK THAT BY “MAGIC” OR “THE WILL OF GOD” THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE…WHILE ALL THE WHILE THIS SAME PERSON IS COMPLAINING OF HOW BADLY ( INCREASINGLY ) SCREWED THEY ARE…OVER AN EXCESSIVELY LONG TIME FRAME; NO ONE ON THE OUTSIDE IS GOING TO TAKE THAT PERSON SERIOUSLY. EVER. EVER.

    I DON’T KNOW EMMANUEL, IF IT WERE ME ON THE ISLAND, I’D BE TRYING TO EFFECTIVELY CHANGE THINGS..BY FIRST SEEING A GOOD SHRINK THAT WOULD HELP ME FIND MY LOST SHADOW ( IN THIS CASE: MY SENSE OF DIGNITY ). IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT, YOU MIGHT AS WELL AS START DIGGING A HOLE NOW TO BURY YOURSELF IN SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE WITNESS TO WHAT’S COMING DOWN THE PIKE. BUT, SOMETHING TELLS ME, EMMANUEL, THAT YOU’RE THE TYPE, LIKE THAT DOG HAVING A COFFEE IN THE CARTOON WITH THE PLACE BURNING DOWN AROUND HIM SAYING: “OH, THAT’S FINE..” PUBLISHED IN A MIAMI PAPER ABOUT A YR AGO. BUT, SOMETHING ALSO TELLS ME THAT THAT’S NOT THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU’D REALLY LIKE TO GO OUT. IF YOU HAD A CHOICE. A CHOICE THAT YOU APPARENTLY THINK THAT YOU DON’T HAVE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME..

    EMMANUEL, YOU’RE WRONG WITH YOUR ASSERTION ABOUT THE INHABITANTS OF THE ISLAND. THEY ARE INHERENTLY A STRONG PEOPLE; AND THE NATION HAS ALWAYS POSSESSED THE POTENTIAL TO SET ITSELF FREE FROM THE BONDAGE OF TERROR AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE IT HAS SUSTAINED FOR SO LONG.

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  6. Puerto Rico puede lograrlo y ser un fuerte pais cuando el tiempo sea correcto

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  7. floods the streets Iv seen more people at the PX on Sunday then this

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  8. King Raized…Your comment is accurate.

    However, it hasn’t taken ALL people of Puerto Rico decades or over a CENTURY to understand what happened in 1898, when in a unilateral decision the US sent military forces to invade the Island, kill innocent people coming out of churches and post-offices and closed its eyes to the raping of farm-girls returning home from school in their uniforms—something you will NEVER read about in any of generic “La Tino” academic departments on the US Mainland, where our history doesn’t go beyond 3-D…”drugs”, “dysfunction” and of course, “diaspora”.

    Yes, MANY people in Puerto Rico KNEW even THEN what the future would look like for the Island, the Islanders and even their sons and daughters around the world…

    *** from the slums of US decaying Mainland ghettoes
    *** to the sweat-shops in Manhattan
    *** to the tobacco-rolling factories of Tampa
    *** to the factories of Ohio
    *** to the steel mills of Pennsylvania
    *** to the assembly lines of Detroit
    *** to the blood-soaked battle fields of Europe
    *** to Japanese waters were many died before putting a foot on land
    *** to the mosquito-infested swamps of the Philippines
    *** to the mine-strewn beaches of Korea
    *** to the toxic Agent Orange-dripping jungles of Vietnam
    *** to the Malaria and Yellow Fever infested Panama Canal Zone
    *** to Iraq’s flea-infested, grenade-littered sand dunes
    *** to the steamy potato fields on Long Island living in unheated barns
    *** to the Hawaiian pineapple fields where they often worked 20 hour days
    *** to NASA, where we have produced the largest contingent of ANY “Hispanic” sub-group in a 2nd language!
    *** to the Mainland penal systems where drugs, personal dysfunction and the culture of crime sucked many of us in
    *** to the hypnotic after-glow of Broadway’s and Hollywood’s lights, where far too many of us have sold our souls for cheap applause, empty accolades from weekend faux-urbanistas wanting to be “Kewl” just like all NYers are (not).
    *** to EVEN the Ivy League universities, where despite almost always succeeding, we’re looked upon in disdain and contempt despite undeniable success since the 1800s
    (http://coursewiki.astro.cornell.edu/Fuertes/EstevanFuertes)
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estevan_Antonio_Fuertes)

    And his son…
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Agassiz_Fuertes)
    (http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/Birds/)

    Yes, there were many Puerto Ricans THEN who knew that the Island’s brutal, sadistic, one-sided, lop-sided, pimp-slave relationship would end tragically and here we are with THAT picture in front of us today.

    And ALL of what the “Generation of 1898” (philosophers, poets, writers, social commentators, political analysts and humanists) analyzed and agonized over in their voluntary exiles in Europe (primarily Madrid) HAS come to pass.

    But, none of what has happened in Puerto Rico over the last century could have been predicted with absolute specificity, HOWEVER, many Puerto Ricans in their day DID see beyond the red, white and blue confetti that Uncle Sam sprinkled over his tattered, humiliated concubine in 1898.

    Their prophetic visions of an endless parade of tap-dancing ravenous American minstrels who would come to the Island to dance WITH their cosmic twins in la Fortaleza, they foresaw

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_of_%2798

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  10. We Puerto Ricans in the US need to be educated on the position(s), the needs and goals….a plan for this to happen needs to remain a living plan.

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  11. Response to Maria, interspersed w/large caps:

    Maria
    June 20, 2016

    “The United States Seat at the United Nations
    “EMPTY” During Discussion on Puerto Rico
    Decolonization,…….THE ARROGANCE!!!…. THERE’S MORE TO IT THAN ARROGANCE. THEY’RE COMMUNICATING TO THE WORLD THAT THE WAY THINGS ARE IS A DONE DEAL, AND HAS BEEN A DONE DEAL FOR A LONG TIME. BUT, MOREOVER, THAT THEY; THE U.S. CONTINGENT, JUST DOESN’T GIVE A CRAP. IN FACT, THEY WERE ALL PROBABLY SITTING ON THE CRAPPER DOWN THE HALL WHEN THE ISSUE OF PR CAME UP.

    YES, Phillip Arroyo and Josie Balsac, I Agree with bothof you, “They Are Very Arrogant!!

    But we are not going away. YOU DON’T KNOW THAT MARIA. MAYBE THAT’S IN THE U.S. AGENDA. IT’S KINDA SMACKED OF THAT ( MAKING PR’S JUST GO AWAY ) SINCE 1898. HASN’T IT?? Nor disappearing, nor easily assimilated. MARIA, THE U.S. DOESN’T WANT THE PR’S TO BE ASSIMILATED. THEY WANT ISLANDER PR’S JUST WHERE THEY ARE, RIGHT NOW. AND WHERE THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. We are here! We exists! YES, WE ( AND THE ISLANDER PR’S ) DO. The True Citizens of Borinquen, Antillanos and a reminder to the US, of its hypocrisy. WELL, HE ISLANDER PR’S HAVE DONE A VERY POOR JOB OF REMINDING THE U.S. OF ITS HYPOCRISY, W/A FEW FLEETING EXCEPTIONS. WHY? BECAUSE THINGS HAVEN’T CHANGED.
    They can do like the Ostrich and hide it’s head in the sand I’M AFRAID THAT THE ISLANDER PR’S ARE MORE GUILTY OF THIS…, and manipulate the US media to keep the US people ignorant, and ignored our voices. SO, WHAT’S BEEN THE PROBLEM, FOR THE PAST 118 YRS?? HOW WAS IT THAT THE CUBANS WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR MESS SO LONG AGO, AND THE PR’S STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO 1ST BASE??
    But WE ARE HERE!, NOT GOING ANY WHERE!!

    MARIA, THE ONLY WAY THAT THAT NOTION WILL BECOME A SUSTAINED REALITY; ( BECAUSE THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT WHAT YOU’VE SAID WILL REMAIN TRUE.. ), IS IF THE PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND ARE EFFECTIVE IN THEIR RESPONSE TO ALL OF IT. AND, SO FAR…SINCE THE 1960’S, THE TRACK RECORD OF THE ISLANDERS HAS BEEN SUBPAR. THE ISLAND NEEDS THE LIKES OF 1000’S OF MARIN’S ( LUIS’S DAD… ) AND PEDRO’S FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. OTHERWISE, PEOPLE WILL BE JUST WASTING THEIR TIME. THE PR’S NEED AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY AND FOLLOW THROUGH THAT WORKS. TALKS’ CHEAP.

    ANTILLANOS, CITIZENS OF BORINQUEN!! DE AQUERDO.

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  13. You can barely survive under the common wealth of the US how so you think you can survive as independentre . You will become another Haiti or DR. If the American industries leave PR what do you have left. That makes absolutely no sense.

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  14. “The United States Seat at the United Nations
    “EMPTY” During Discussion on Puerto Rico
    Decolonization,…….THE ARROGANCE!!!….

    YES, Phillip Arroyo and Josie Balsac, I Agree with bothof you, “They Are Very Arrogant!!

    But we are not going away. Nor disappearing, nor easily assimilated. We are here! We exists! The True Citizens of Borinquen, Antillanos and a reminder to the US, of its hypocrisy.
    They can do like the Ostrich and hide it’s head in the sand, and manipulate the US media to keep the US people ignorant, and ignored our voices.
    But WE ARE HERE!, NOT GOING ANY WHERE!!
    ANTILLANOS, CITIZENS OF BORINQUEN!!

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  15. I stand hand in hand, con mis Hermanos contra El Financial Control Board!

    And To Lin Manuel Miranda,
    I have a small request for you, from Una Boricua-
    “Do The Life Story of Our Patriots!!!”
    They are many , Ramon Emeterio Betances
    “El Antillano”
    Or Do, Jose De Diego, or Ramon Baldorioty de Castro or Lola Rodriguez de Tio or Albizu Campos or Luis Lloren Torres or our beautiful exotic Julia de Burgos or……etc…..etc……..

    I challenge you, now that you are very famous.
    DO OUR PATRIOTS!!!

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  16. Sure, be independent. Pay your own bills.
    No defaulting now:)

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  17. There are hard times coming for —my —BORICUAS brothers in Puerto Rico. The Vulture Squad —- headed by —JOHN PAULSON— ANDREW FELDSTEIN –AND — MARK BRODSKY — IN WALL STREET. THIS BILLIONAIRES , are the culprits of all the , pain from their choke hold on Puerto Rico economy. ALSO ALL THE –CORRUPTED POLITICIAN IN POWER, AND ALL THOSE IN THEIR GOVERNMENT OFFICES. ALL THOSE HAVE PROMPT AN INSECURE FUTURE , FOR MY MOTHER LAND . THE GOVERNMENT OF THE USA, IS NOT DOING MUCH TO HELP PUERTO RICO EITHER, , FOR IT HAS ALSO BEING CHOKING IT FOR YEARS. BORICUAS, READ, INVESTAGATE, COMPLAINT, DEMAND AND MOST OF ALL –DEFEND THE LIBERTY OF OUR MOTHER LAND, PUERTO RICO IS OURS !!.

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  18. *****The Price of Culonization…The Short Story of Puerto Rico, Its Corrupt Politicians And Its Undefeated People*****

    I am very heartened to see my Island-bound brothers and sister calling attention to the current dismal fiscal and political status of our Island.

    We have seen these “demonstrations” before and next-to-nothing comes as a result of these earnest and often deadly attempts to call the world’s attention to the Island’s plight. Why?

    Because it’s like singing in the shower…at that moment and to the observer, your voice is loud and booming over the drops of water beating down on you….BUT, when you turn-off the water, grab the towel and step onto the tiled floor, your shower performance is over and has been rendered as significant as a mosquito fart in a hurricane. But I am also aware that even a mosquito can bring down an empire and in this case an historically oppressive, abusive and indifferent overlord bureaucracy.

    I’ve said it before and I will repeat myself again.

    These protests can and should be done, but the audience that REALLY needs to see the outrage of Puerto Rico’s situation and the extent of the economic malaise of the Islanders (and those of us that are “Off-Island”) is the bigger international global community and all of its guardians for a more just, equitable and REALLY “Post-Colonial” approach that will bear political pressure on Uncle Sam.

    The court of world opinion wields a very “Big Stick” and Uncle Sam already has a battered profile on a global level.

    The US government has FOR OVER A CENTURY, given all of us a front-row seat to their hypocrisy, hubris and never-ending self-serving histrionics in defense of the Island’s contemporary “Post-Colonial” (aka “Concubine”) status. So let’s be honest about how effective our demonstrations both on and off the Island have been. They are certainly positive displays of concern, but we are dealing with a gargantuan and monstrous bureaucracy that does not deal with others on the proverbial level playing field.

    On that note…parallel demonstrations MUST be held at the United Nations and before all other world tribunals that hold global membership.

    For Puerto Rico’s situation to be heard by the “bought-and-sold”, “non-representative”, “lobbyist-whoring”, dysfunctional, corrupt and on the verge of civic collapse faux-democracy, is like 3a.m. hooker who has been raped, beaten, robbed and thrown out of the limousine, to expect that the her “date” is going to send her an ambulance to comeback to help her.

    And I’ve said this also…our “Celeb-Riquenos” who have consistently remained quiet throughout the last couple years with the FULL knowledge, or at least much of what has happened on the Island that gave them breath and identity, are STILL indefensible and they need to be reminded that we ALL need their help. They possess the resources and public profile that DEMANDS attention and they should remember that.

    Imagine if you can, our “Celeb-Riqueños” arriving at the White House one-by-one to demand a meeting with this president or “La Hillaria” or “El Trumpo”. S/he will not be able to silence them or make them go away and today’s social media venues are VERY effective at getting attention to any issue or concern.

    And if they are excluded from such a meeting, then they need to remember that slap, when these same White House occupants and their attending lackeys and lobbyists ask them for campaign donations, personal appearance munching on Taco Bell delicacies (our national cuisine, I’ve been told) or to “Dance With Stars”.

    C’mon Celeb-Riqueños” , put down the Victoria’ Secret, Banana Republic and Tiffany catalogs and actually do something of long-term consequence for all 8 MILLION of us, other than waving plastic banderitas from your Bentley convertible every June in Manhattan or walking down the red carpet in Hollywood in 25K designer gowns.

    And spare me any performances of “Evertyteeng Free Een Amereeka!”

    Nothing has been free for us in a CENTURY and the price we have paid collectively in blood, bodies and banderitas and has been extremely high.

    And the Celeb-Riqueños” can all start by putting your names in a public letter to the WORLD published in the NYTimes that outlines the state of Puerto Rico’s current colonial status.

    The age of colonies, colonization and colonials is over…except of course on a pretty island where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet and the Piña Colada fountains never stop flowing.

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  19. LA ONU Y PUERTO RICO
    Nelson W. Canals, Sociólogo y Juris Doctor
    En 1972 asistí a la audiencia que celebró el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU, En aquella ocasión, a instancias de Cuba se aprobó, por primera vez, una declaración aplicando la Resolución de la Asamblea General 1514 XV al caso de Puerto Rico. Esa resolución aprobada en 1960, dispone que los países que no han alcanzado su independencia tienen derecho a la libre determinación e independencia. Desde entonces el Comité ha aprobado 34 resoluciones afirmando que para que sea efectivo una libre determinación la potencia interventora debe traspasar todos los poderes al pueblo de Puerto Rico. Las resoluciones aprobadas por el Comité son enviadas a la Asamblea General para su disposición. La Asamblea no ha actuado sobre las resoluciones del Comité, ni ha considerado la recomendación de reconsiderar la Resolución 748 aprobada por la Asamblea de 1953.
    Estados Unidos de América (EAU), no acepta la jurisdicción del Comité de Descolonización sobre Puerto Rico (PR). Alegan que la relación política entre EUA y PR es un asunto doméstico que se resolvió por la Resolución 748. En dicha resolución se releva a EUA de remitir informes anuales sobre PR y sacó el país de la lista de Territorios No Autónomos. Alega, que con el Estado Libre Asociado de PR alcanzó el gobierno propio y por lo tanto su relación con EUA es por mutuo acuerdo. En fin, que hasta hace poco, los EUA no reconocían el estatus colonial de PR y por el contrario desacataban el Derecho Internacional.
    El reclamo de que Puerto Rico había alcanzado gobierno propio en 1952 ha sido refutado por las decisiones del Tribunal Supremo de EUA, las expresiones del Presidente y las acciones del Congreso. El poder ejecutivo y el poder judicial de EUA han expresado que PR es un territorio en el cual el poder último reside en el Congreso de EUA. El Congreso a su vez hace efectivo ese poder mediante una legislación que le impone al gobierno de PR una Junta supra gubernamental. Sin duda, EUA ha aceptado que PR no tiene gobierno propio ni soberanía nacional.
    En conclusión, Puerto Rico es una colonia como lo define el Derecho Internacional o sigue siendo un Territorio No Autónomo de conformidad con el Capítulo XI de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas. Sea uno o lo otro, el gobierno de EUA, debe acudir a la ONU y solicitar que se reconsidere la Resolución 748 a la luz de la 1514 (XV) y las 34 resoluciones del Comité de Descolonización.

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