[indymediapr] The Latin America Solidarity Coalition demands: · Stop using the Grand Jury
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The Latin America Solidarity Coalition demands:
Â· Stop using the Grand Jury process to harass and intimidate the Puerto
Â· Stop the FBI harassment of Puerto Rican independence activists!
Â· End the US occupation of Boricua (Puerto Rico)!
The Latin America Solidarity Coalition condemns the FBI harassment of Puerto
activists. This reached tragic proportions when agents assassinated
Filiberto Ojeda RÃos,
Commander in Chief of the EjÃ©rcito Popular Boricua, on September 23rd, 2005.
Ojeda was 72 years
old and had suffered a non-life threatening wound. However, he was left to
bleed to death slowly
by the FBI, which denied him medical assistance. The significance of this
date was intentional:
the 137th anniversary of the âGrito de Laresâ and the beginning of the
organized Puerto Rican
independence movement. Since then, there have been continuing escalations
by the FBI against
advocates of independence.
The subpoena to appear before a Grand Jury of three Puerto Rican community
members in New York is
an example of this. These three are Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres and
Julio Pabon, Jr. The
FBI had previously visited each of these persons, and others, in their
homes, asking questions
about independence activists the FBI wanted to brand as âterroristsâ. The
FBI is trying to
infiltrate and shut down the EjÃ©rcito Popular Boricua, also known as the
organization, which has participated in an armed struggle for liberation.
However, the Macheteros
haven't participated in armed actions for 15 years, pursuing alternative
ways to combat
US aggression and imperialism. Nevertheless, the response of the FBI and
other armed agents of
the occupying government has been to increase its use of violence and
Some of those visited were not even involved in the independence movement,
but were only friends
or relatives of people who were. They were shown pictures of activists and
asked to identify the
people in the pictures and provide other information about them. These FBI
visits and the
subsequent serving of these subpoenas are designed to put those who refuse
to cooperate with this
âfishing expeditionâ in jail, and to intimidate the Puerto Rican community
as a whole.
Frontera, Torres, and Pabon are scheduled to appear before the Grand Jury on
Friday, Jan. 11th,
2008. This date, too, is significant and, as such, constitutes an insult to
the Puerto Rican
people. January 11, 1839 was the birthday of the great educator,
philosopher, and independence
activist, Eugenio MarÃa de Hostos.
The US occupation of Puerto Rico has been going on for 109 years. That
occupation has produced
unacceptable conditions in Puerto Rico. The âcitizenshipâ the US
government grants to Puerto
Ricans is a second-class citizenship comparable to Apartheid in South
Africa. Puerto Ricans have
no representation in Congress and no vote for the President. The per capita
income is about half
that of the poorest state; almost half of Puerto Ricans, and a majority of
its children, live in
poverty; a third of its population is unemployed.
Meanwhile, US corporations, especially an influx of pharmaceutical
companies, have been able to
set up headquarters in Puerto Rico to avoid paying taxes, while paying lower
wages to workers than
they would pay in the United States. Because of high unemployment and low
wages, Puerto Rico
provides a cheap labor force not only in Puerto Rico, but also in the US.
There is a new trend
emerging in some US industries of replacing undocumented workers with
workers flown in from Puerto
This is what the US occupation of Puerto Rico has lead to: poverty for the
Puerto Rican people,
profits for big corporations, and repression of Puerto Ricoâs patriots.
Just as we must end the
US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the US funded Israeli occupation
of Palestine, we must
end the even older US occupation of Puerto Rico. LASC joins with supporters
of liberation around
the world to offer our solidarity with those working for the liberation of
Borinquen (Puerto Rico)
and with all Puerto Ricans being repressed as a result of the colonial
occupation of their nation.
The Latin America Solidarity Coalition is a coalition of US grassroots
organizations that support
the right to self-determination for all peoples and oppose US military,
political and economic
intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our web page is
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