[Ppnews] Puerto Rican Activists subpoenaed by NY Grand Jury

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Sat Dec 29 00:31:53 EST 2007


Chicago NBHRN is asking all contacts and chapters to  support the
companeros(as) under attack by  doing a symbolic vigil or picket
either on Thursday, Jan 10 or Fri, JAn 11-the day the subpoenas are
returnable.

Below please find the initial NBHRN statement in support of the
companeros(as) followed by the El Diario la Prensa piece that ran on
Friday, December 28, then the NY email that is going around, and
lastly, what Puerto Rico is doing. I an sending, under cover of
separate email, the Michael Deutsch article on Grand Juries as a tool
of political internment.

_________________________________
NBHRN STATEMENT
A federal grand jury in Brooklyn recently served subpoenas on several
Puerto Rican participants in the movement for the Independence of
Puerto Rico. The National Boricua Human Rights Network, aware of the
government’s long and abusive history of persecuting independentists,
including through the use of grand juries, denounces this latest
wave. NBHRN joins with other organizations and individuals, both in
Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S., in expressing support for those
who are targeted by the government for their beliefs and activities
in support of Puerto Rican independence.

____________________________________________________
PR: denuncian que se producirán arrestos de Independendistas
NUESTROS PAÍSES - 12/27/2007
Jesús Dávila
SAN JUAN/Corresponsal EDLP — Agrupaciones de diversas vertientes del
independentismo se reunían con carácter de urgencia en San Juan para
trazar un plan ante la nueva ofensiva del Departamento de Justicia de
Estados Unidos, tras recibirse informe de que varios independentistas
boricuas de Nueva York han sido citados a comparecer al gran jurado.

Debido a que tradicionalmente los independentistas puertorriqueños se
niegan a aceptar las citaciones del gran jurado o responder sus
preguntas, los referidos emplazamientos usualmente desembocan en el
encarcelamiento de los luchadores por la independencia de esta nación
caribeña, colonia de EEUU desde 1898.

Los informes recibidos hasta ayer en Puerto Rico eran en el sentido
de que los citados en esta ocasión fueron identificados como la
diseñadora gráfica Tania Frontera, el trabajador social Christopher
Torres y el cineasta Julio Antonio Pabón, hijo. Además, había
indicaciones sin confirmar sobre que el Buró Federal de
Investigaciones estaba tratando de localizar para emplazar también a
Héctor Rivera, uno de los fundadores de la prestigiosa institución
político-cultural con base en Nueva York “Welfare Poets”.

La reunión fue convocada por el grupo La Nueva Escuela, pero se
indicó durante el día que habían confirmado su asistencia
organizaciones de distintas vertientes. Los organizadores anticiparon
que podrían usarse recursos legales y recurrir al derecho
internacional, además de que se arreciaría la campaña para demandar
que el FBI sea retirado de Puerto Rico.

Normalmente ni el FBI ni el Departamento de Justicia dan información
pública sobre las pesquisas en proceso, pero en cuanto al tema del
independentismo puertorriqueño han dejado claro que hay una
investigación continua contra el Ejército Popular Boricua-Macheteros.
El Agente Especial a Cargo del FBI en San Juan, Luis Fraticelli, ha
dicho que esa agencia intenta capturar al Comandante Guasábara, que
sucedió en la jefatura de los Macheteros a Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a
quien mató un grupo comando estadounidense en 2005.

Las nuevas citaciones expedidas en Nueva York son para comparecer
ante el cuerpo investigativo el 11 de enero, cuando en Puerto Rico se
conmemora al prócer Eugenio María de Hostos por lo que la fecha tiene
una gran connotación para los grupos que luchan por la independencia.
De hecho, los primeros rumores de que se habían emitido las
citaciones comenzaron a circular casi a la vez que se hizo público el
nuevo informe de progreso del grupo de trabajo de la Casa Blanca
sobre el caso colonial de Puerto Rico.

Las citaciones no han resultado del todo sorpresivas en Puerto Rico,
donde a principios de mes se llevó a cabo una reunión de grupos
independentistas para discutir precisamente lo que se esperaba sería
una nueva ofensiva de represión policial y posibles encarcelamientos.

_____________________________
NY EMAIL
The Puerto Rican Independence Movement is once again the U.S.
Government. Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres & Julio Antonio Pabon
are scheduled to appear before a Federal Grand jury investigating the
Movement in general and Los Macheteros in particular.
Hector Rivera, co-founder of the cultural institution THE WELFARE
POETS is also
expected to be served with a supoena to appear on that day
.
WE WILL BE RALLYING BEHIND THEM
ON FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH -  9:30 A.M.
BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT
CAMDEN PLAZA

It is important to note that the Puerto Rican Independence Movement,
nor Los Macheteros are terrorists. The only "Terrorist" act linked to
our movement has been the assassination of the Comandante of Los
Macheteros, Filiberto Ojeda Rios on Sept. 23rd, 2005, the day that
Puerto Rican people commemorate the uprising against Spanish
Colonialism by the F.B.I.


IF APPROACHED BY AGENTS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
YOU ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. YOU SHOULD DO SO.

TELL THEM " I AM EXERCISING MY RIGHT NOT TO SPEAK WITH YOU WITHOUT MY
ATTORNEY BEING PRESENT". GIVE THEM YOUR LAWYERS NUMBER. IF YOU DO NOT
HAVE ONE, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFORMATION TO GIVE TO A LAWYER

IF APPROACHED, CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY BEFORE MEETING, SPEAKING ON
THE PHONE, WRITING OR IN ANY WAY ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS,

ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU. THEIR REPORTS WILL REFLECT
"THEIR VERSION" OF CONVERSATIONS OR STATEMENTS ALLEGEDLY MADE BY YOU

LYING TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT "IS A CRIME'"

DO NOT APPEAR BEFORE ANYONE FOR QUESTIONING, CONSENT TO ANY SEARCHES
OF YOUR HOME OR PRIVATE PROPERTY, SURRENDER ANY EVIDENCE OR IN ANY
WAY LET YOURSELF BE INVOLVED IN ANY ASPECT OF ANY INVESTIGATION
WITHOUT A COURT ORDER AND WITH YOUR ATTORNEY

IF THERE IS ANY "LEGITIMATE" REASON , LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS CAN
OBTAIN A COURT ORDER. DO NOT CONSENT TO ANYTHING WITHOUT IT.   .

FEDERAL AGENTS ARE HARASSING PEOPLE BY VISITING THEM IN THEIR PLACE
OF EMPLOYMENT. THEY ARE USING THIS METHOD TO "INVITE" PEOPLE OUT TO
"JUST" TALK OVER COFFEE

FEDERAL AGENTS ARE LYING TO PEOPLE THEY APPROACH BY TELLING THEM THEY
JUST WANT TO TALK, ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE THEM IN CONVERSATION AND THEN
SERVING THEM WITH A SUPOENA.
DO NOT LET YOU SELF BE INTIMIDATED

______________________________

WHAT PUERTO RICO IS DOING:

Press conference January 7, 2008

demonstration on January 10  (because the Jan. 11 is Eugenio Maria de
Hostos celebration and they do a big event there)

A representative group  from the island is coming to NYC  ( Los
padres de Tania Frontera)


I hope you were able to read the PR article.  Jan Susler sent me a
copy too.


We will have a Press Conference most probably on same day January 11,
and one on the 10th.  We are thinking we could ask CCR to provide us
conference room.


I hope it is safe to say that all areas are demonstrating of same
day :Chicago, Philadelphia, California, NYC.....

Let me know.

En Lucha,

Ana

-- 
Alejandro Luis Molina
alejandrom at boricuahumanrights.org

Coordinating Committee
National Boricua Human Rights Network
www.boricuahumanrights.org

Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos
www.presospoliticospuertorriquenos.org


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