Can democracy exists in a colony?

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


A press conference was held in Washington DC on March 2, 2021 to seek once again statehood for Puerto Rico. Click on the following link to watch that video:

The people at the press conference spoke about democracy in Puerto Rico. They said that Puerto Ricans voted 52% for statehood. How could that be possible, when Puerto Rico has been a United States (US) colony for the past 123 years!

Puerto Ricans have no say in how our island is governed. With no opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico, today 5 million Puerto Ricans live away from our national territory.

Absent from this entire video is the fact that the US government (USG) is committing a crime against humanity for the past 76 years by refusing to comply with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism.

Absent from this entire video is the fact that the USG has ignored 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.  

Therefore, Puerto Ricans don’t need a bill in the US Congress to make Puerto Rico the 51st state of the Union. Puerto Ricans need to engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law.

Once we have our sovereignty back, we can decide for ourselves what we want to do. We would then have a real democracy, and elections would be consistent with that!

Exploitation is the only thing that exists in a colony!

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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