[News] Puerto Rico - A repeat of the farce?
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Tue Jul 5 10:26:31 EDT 2011
A repeat of the farce?
Published Jul 4, 2011 9:21 PM
Last April, the U.S. House of Representatives
approved HR 2499 RFS, ironically known as the
Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010. This allows
for a plebiscite on the island, which, in
Congress own words, will provide for a
federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico.
The colonys representative in the U.S. Congress,
Pedro Pierluisi, who has speaking rights but no
voting rights in the House, introduced HR 2499
RFS. Pierluisi is Puerto Ricos resident
commissioner in Washington under the islands
pro-statehood administration of Gov. Luis
Fortuño. Pierluisi introduced the plebiscite bill on Fortuños behalf.
Adding to the contradictions and falsehoods about
colonial status, Fortuño belongs to the right
wing of the Republican Party in the U.S. and to
the New Progressive Party (PNP) on the island.
Pierluisi is also from the PNP, but is a member
of the Democratic Party in the U.S.
Many plebiscites and referendums on the status
have been conducted in Puerto Rico, but this is
the first time that the islands government seeks
the formal approval of its master in the empire.
This plebiscite, if approved in the U.S. Senate,
will legally authorize Puerto Rico to conduct a
plebiscite. This itself is proof of Puerto Ricos colonial status.
Although the pro-independence forces on the
island are very clear about this farce, some
doubts remain in the minds of some people. In
order to put those to rest, Puerto Rican patriot
and former political prisoner Rafael Cancel
Miranda wrote an open letter on June 21, which is reprinted here.
A repeat of the farce?
Recently a reporter asked me about a so-called
plebiscite on the future of Puerto Rico in which
the foreigners [who reside on the island] who
swear citizenship could participate, but not the
Puerto Ricans who reside outside Puerto Rico.
I responded that any plebiscite in the colony
would be illegal and fraudulent because the
colonial power and their servile ones control the
sociopolitical and economic life and even the
psyche of the Puerto Rican people. And, besides,
to which citizenship do they refer? To which
citizenship would a foreigner swear? The Puerto
Rican or the one of the U.S.? We already know
which side those foreigners would be on and why.
The United States citizenship by itself
constitutes an illegally imposed foreign
citizenship in Puerto Rico. On the other hand,
Puerto Ricans, no matter where they are, continue being Puerto Rican.
In 1952, the government of the United States
tried to deceive the world with an alleged
plebiscite for the creation of the so-called
Free Associated State. They declared then that by
virtue of that plebiscite Puerto Rico had
stopped being a colony. Now, almost 60 years
later, everybody knows that that was a sham since
even committees appointed by the White House have
affirmed that Puerto Rico continues being a
colony, thus confirming what Lolita Lebrón,
Andrés Figueroa Cordero, Irvin Flores Rodriguez
and I went to denounce in the Congress in
Washington, D.C., the 1st of March of 1954.
We could extend, but I will not do it. I will
simply say that the Yankees did not have any
plebiscite in 1898 in order to invade us. So why
would they have to conduct one in order to leave?
It is the same gimmick, with the same words, to
justify before the world the colonialism which
they have imposed on us. Many Puerto Ricans were
deceived in 1952. Let us not fall into the same
trap. Besides, the right of the peoples to their
independence is not a question of numbers, and
only those who are free can vote freely. There is
no power that can alter that truth.
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