“Independence NOW!” reads the banner that headed up this march through the smoking hot streets of San Juan. And, with UN debate on the matter now less than a week away, it appears that this issue is coming to a head:
In a massive demonstration that took place in the streets o the capital, San Juan, thousands of Puerto Ricans protested against the United States and demanded their country’s independence after 117 years of colonial oppression.
This popular demonstration took place for the second year in a row, and comes just one week before the case of Puerto Rico will be debated in an audience with the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations.
The proponents of the case in the UN decolonization forum consider that the support offered by countries such as Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua is not the only key part in the presentation, which is to take place on June 22, but that it is also crucial to add other supports from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Independence movements called for unity, and ratified their commitment to the cause. They also celebrated the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with the US, an event which the demonstrators believe will strengthen the independence struggle of Puerto Rico.
After decades of struggle, this march for Puerto Rico’s independence once again brought together diverse political and social sectors, who advocate an end to colonialism and call for the full sovereignty of a territory which for 117 years has been under control of the United States.
This also comes less than a week after some Menz Rightzer idiot from the US called for his crackpot co-religionists to move to an island to get away from the evils of feminism and the imminent takeover of their country by nasty-wasty wimminzez. The island in question? Puerto Rico.
Somehow, I get the impression that the Puerto Ricans won’t be ceding these guys a third of their country. If what Filiberto Ojeda Ríos says in the clip at the opening of this Calle 13 video is any indication, the MRAs and MGTOW factions won’t be welcomed with open arms, but arms of a very different nature:
“How is it possible that we could permit invaders to disrupt the peace of our home? They’re meddling in our homes and are in fact attacking us in the way they intend to attack us. I have no intention of allowing them to do that. Not because I’m the bravest man in the world. It’s a question of dignity and honor.”
Filiberto died bravely ten years ago at the hands of the FBI, but the people of Puerto Rico have taken up the struggle in his wake. And as he says at the video’s close: Que viva Puerto Rico LIBRE. ¡Hasta la victoria siempre!