What should Boricuas protest?

by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


We must understand that Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States Government (USG). Puerto Ricans have no right that the USG has to respect, because the idea of having a colony is to exploit it.

The USG has exploited Puerto Rico for the past 120 years. That is why 5.4 million Boricuas live away from Boriken, while 3.4 million of us refuse to abandon our national territory.

Unfortunately due to USG propaganda, the majority of Boricuas believe that they live in a democracy, because they vote every 4 years. They believe that these elected representatives represent their interests. But, like everybody should know, they don’t, and that is why Boricuas have to protest so much!

Protesting against the Fiscal Control Board, the closing of schools, abolishing the shipping laws, auditing the debt, beaches for the public, the slow Hurricane Maria response, and the so many others are useless, because they are part of the exploitation that empires do to their colonies.

We need to further understand that it is perfectly legal for the USG to have colonies. However, where it is not legal to have colonies is under international law!

The United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 after the Second World War. The UN Charter prohibits colonialism. Therefore, the USG has violated the UN Charter for the past 73 years! Moreover, the USG has repeatedly ignored 37 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

If Puerto Ricans were to have their sovereignty, we could create the kind of Puerto Rico that we all want. That means that we would be able to eliminate those things that we are all presently protesting about!

Boricuas should be engaged in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the desire of the international community, because those who exploit us by using their laws that permit it, don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!

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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