[News] Federal Judge Juan R. Torruella: “Puerto Rico is in a political apartheid…we need to organize a civil resistance”
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Federal Judge Juan R. Torruella: “Puerto Rico is in a political
apartheid…we need to organize a civil resistance”
September 15, 2016
Judge Juan R. Torruella is Puerto Rican. He is also the longest-standing
federal judge in Puerto Rican history.
Judge Torruella has served on the federal bench for 42 years, from 1974
through 2016. He is /still/ a high-ranking federal judge.
For 32 years (1984 through today) he has served on the US First Circuit
Court of Appeals. Seven of those years (1994 through 2001) he was the
Chief Justice <http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/juan-r-torruella> of the
Torruella is also a leading interpreter of what is known as “the Insular
Cases” (/Balzac v. Porto Rico
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balzac_v._Porto_Rico>/; /De Lima v.
Bidwell/; /Goetze v. US/; /Dooley v. US/; /Armstrong v. US/; /Downes v.
Bidwell/; /Huus v. New York and Porto Rico Steamship Co./) and he wrote
what many legal scholars consider the definitive analysis
of those cases:
In 2013, Judge Torruella called for a general strike against US chain
stores <http://elvocero.com/sugerencia-firme-y-decidida/>, by the
consumers of Puerto Rico.
Over the past three years, his feelings have deepened.
Five days ago – on September 10, 2016 – Judge Torruella delivered a
to the /Colegio de Abogados/ (the Bar Association of Puerto Rico) in Río
*JUDGE TORRUELLA’S SPEECH*
Here is a video of the complete speech
This is what Judge Torruella, of the US Circuit Court of Appeals (1^st
Circuit) had to say about the current relationship between Puerto Rico
and the US.
The time code for each statement is also provided:
“The PROMESA bill makes our own elections superfluous, here in Puerto
Rico.” *(11:20 – 11:27)*
“The principal purpose of PROMESA is to establish a collection agency
for bondholders.” *(11:54 – 12:03)*
“We have a castrated government.” *(12:20 – 12:24)*
“The imposition of a Financial Control Board
is the most demeaning, un-democratic, and colonial act in our entire
history with the United States.” *(13:00 – 13:45)*
“We have fewer rights today, than we had under Spain in 1898.” *(15:50 –
“Puerto Rico is in a political apartheid.” *(25:10 – 25:30)*
“From 1920 until today, the _Jones Act_
has cost Puerto Ricans $75.8 billion…which is more than the current
debt.” *(33:45 – 34:10)*
“Thanks to the Jones Act, Puerto Rico subsidizes 27.7% of the US
Merchant Marine.” *(34:20 – 34:45)*
“Puerto Rico is the fourth-largest market in the world for US products.
Puerto Ricans buy more US goods per capita, than any other country on
*(34:40 – 34:45)*
“We must unite and be prepared to take action. We must not be docile, or
accept whatever is imposed upon us. (this was followed by a 45-second
standing ovation) *(47:15 – 48:30)*
“We must defend our civil rights, and undertake civil resistance.”
*(49:00 – 49:15)*
“This civil resistance
is in the great tradition of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther
King.” *(49:15 – 49:45)*
“We must organize a movement of civil resistance.” (standing ovation of
30 seconds) *(50:00 – 50:40)*
“The most effective way to get their attention is through their
pockets…and so we should organize an economic boycott.” *(51:15 – 51:30)*
“President Obama, I respectfully request that you free Oscar López
(45-second standing ovation) *(54:15 – 55:00)*
*ATTENTION MUST BE PAID*
As Arthur Miller once wrote in /Death of a Salesman/, “attention must be
paid to such a man.”
*/All/* of the above statements were made during an hour-long
speech…which was researched, written, and delivered by Judge Torruella
The statements are not slogans from an excited college student. They are
not threats from a left-wing radical, a “suspected terrorist,” or a
person under FBI surveillance.
They are the words of federal Judge Juan Torruella, the second-highest
ranking Puerto Rican jurist in the US.
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