A Financial Control Board will soon rule Puerto Rico. The PPD and PNP are trying to privatize the beaches. The minimum wage may drop to $4.25. Instead of law and order, Puerto Rico is swamped with corruption and chaos.
That is why Tito Kayak is so important.
He is a symbol of an UN-conquered Puerto Rico.
For many years, Tito Kayak has walked the walk…taken the risks…gotten arrested…and painted a portrait of what a FREE man looks like.
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
On November 5, 2000,in protest of the US bombing of Vieques, Kayak (aka Alberto de Jesús Mercado) led five men atop New York’s Statue of Liberty.
With no ropes or safety devices, Kayak climbed out and unfurled the flags of Puerto Rico, Vieques, and two banners that read “Peace” and “Vieques.”
HOW KAYAK GOT HIS NAME
On November 14, 2007, Kayak climbed a construction crane at the Paseo Caribe project in San Juan, and STAYED THERE for a full week.
The San Juan police surrounded the crane 24 hours per day, and collected a lot of overtime pay.
Finally, in a daring escape, Kayak rappelled down from the crane and jumped into a kayak in the water below.
He rowed furiously, reached a bridge, jumped out and swam to shore.
When police helicopters spotted him, his supporters jumped into the water, confused the police…and Kayak got away.
KAYAK DONATES A BIKE
Kayak is not afraid of the police. He regularly confronts them and has been arrested dozens of times.
Amongst his many arrests, Kayak was grabbed on January 25, 2011 during a tuition hike protest at UPR.
Kayak threw a bicycle at a cop…so they provided him an alternate mode of transportation.
THE TITO KAYAK LAW
In 2010, the Commonwealth added Article 208-A to the Penal Law of Puerto Rico…also known as the “Tito Kayak Law.”
Under 208-A, obstructing any work at a construction site became a felony.
The law was declared unconstitutional three years later, in Ponce Superior Court.
DEFENDING THE BEACHES
In addition to defending the Balneario de Carolina against the Marriott Hotel for over ten years, Kayak joins every struggle to protect the island’s beaches.
Just this past week, he heard that the Senate of Puerto Rico was considering a bill to privatize beaches all over the island. Kayak marched straight to the Capital Building and did this…
He climbed the northern flagpole and covered the US flag, with a hand-lettered banner that read:
“Las playas son del pueblo.”
The Senate did not pass the bill that night.
But two days later, in a follow-up protest in front of the Capital, Kayak got carried away and threatened to kill Rep. Angel Matos, the sponsor of the “private beach” legislation.
Rep. Matos filed a complaint with the San Juan DOI, and criminal charges are now under consideration.
THE RISE OF JUAN BOBO
The public significance of Tito Kayak is clear to the PRPD, the FBI, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. That’s why Kayak was not recently arrested…
Because with a Financial Control Board around the corner, the government does not want Tito Kayak to become a “martyr,” or an island-wide symbol of resistance.
They’d rather get him on something unrelated and less noble – a parking ticket, shoplifting, urinating in public – and then throw the book at him, whether it’s true or not.
Which is why we need JUAN BOBO.
Just like El Zorro and Robin Hood, the time is now for a new legend to arise in Puerto Rico…who can speak his or her mind, and do exactly what needs to be done.
Juan Bobo is that legend.
Juan Bobo is so fearless, and his tongue is so sharp, that even the U.S. media give him great coverage.
This very week, Time Magazine asked Juan Bobo about the Financial Control Board, and this is what he said: