In just four months, on June 11 of this year, Puerto Rico will hold a referendum on whether to become independent, a US state, or continue suffering as a “US commonwealth.”
The ballot will provide two options: “Independence/Free Association” or “Statehood.” If a majority chooses the first option, then a second referendum will be held in October, to decide between “independence” and “free association.”
Historically, the island has already held four referenda on its political status: in 1967, 1993, 1998 and 2012.
It is highly doubtful that this 2017 referendum will be any different. In fact, every indication is that – politically, economically, socially – the US is not prepared to welcome Puerto Rico with open arms, as the 51st state.
“Colonialism is not an option for Puerto Rico,” said Gov. Ricky Roselló, as he praised this upcoming referendum.
We certainly agree…and after this referendum, when the US Congress refuses to extend statehood to Puerto Rico, we expect that Gov. Roselló will embrace the only remaining option…independence.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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