by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
The 150th anniversary of the “Grito de Lares” will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Lares, Puerto Rico. The hotel rooms around Lares are filling up fast which indicate that this year’s commemoration will be a big one! What is the significance of this commemoration?
The Grito de Lares was a revolt against Spanish rule on September, 23, 1868. It signifies that Puerto Ricans felt themselves to be different from the Spanish, and wanted to govern themselves. Thus, the Puerto Rican Nation was born! Click on the following link to watch a video about this year’s celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4qiirbTyGE
The Puerto Ricans were able to get Spain to return their sovereignty 29 years after the Grito de Lares insurrection via the Autonomic Charter of 1897. Finally, the Puerto Ricans had obtained their freedom after 405 year of Spanish tyranny! But, the United States Government (USG) had other plans for Puerto Rico, which included her in being its colony!
The USG militarily invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, and then proceeded in making a series of laws to establish that Puerto Ricans has no rights that the USG has to respect. And, that was how Puerto Ricans became the USG’s slaves 120 years ago! Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Maxima940/videos/263204177654558/
I believe that the 150th anniversary of the Grito de Lares should be an awakening of the Puerto Rican Nation, and the discovery of our true history uncontaminated by USG propaganda.
I believe that it is time that Puerto Ricans recognize that by struggling separately we will never be able get the USG to return our sovereignty.
And, I believe that all of the different Puerto Rican struggles should be converted into one big push for Puerto Rican independence. I believe that that would be the best way for us to achieve governing Puerto Rico for ourselves!
Let’s unite for the benefit of all of our struggles, because those who have had us as slaves for over a century obviously don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/ https://www.facebook.com/events/512248595904465/