Insurrection is a crime

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Ari Melber, a lawyer and host of MSNBC’s “The Beat”, makes the point that the public must keep in mind that insurrection in the United States (US) is a crime, and not a political debate. US news must cover what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 as a crime against the US government (USG). Regardless of US political party affiliation, all US citizens should want President Trump arrested and tried for his crimes. Ari could not be more correct! Click on the following link to watch that video:

That same argument fits perfectly to the USG’s colonial relationship with Puerto Rico. That is also not a political debate that could be resolved with elections and plebiscites. Puerto Rico’s colonialism can’t be resolved by the US Congress, because the USG is the problem. The USG unilaterally made the decision to militarily invade Puerto Rico to make her its colony in 1898. Where was the democracy in that!

The fact of the matter is that the USG is committing a crime against humanity for the past 122 years. But the US news treat it like a political debate.  

The USG has never complied with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism since 1945. The USG has never complied with 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. Where is the accountability for this crime?

Therefore, what white supremacists did at the US Capitol is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

And so is colonialism!

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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